Pakistan welcomed back international skiing as the biggest international skiing event of the country concluded its second day yesterday.
Around 40 skiers from 13 countries took part. Participants came from Greece, Afghanistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan.
The event was organized by the Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with the Pakistan Air Force. Both have been working hard in the recent past to promote international winter sports in the country.
At the end of the 2nd day, Ukrainian skiers were seen dominating their rivals. They obtained two positions each in men and women categories. The first position in men was held by Tsibelenko Levko while the third was held by his countryman Narichyn Andriy. Surprisingly, local athlete Muhammad Karim put up a fight and obtained the second position in the same category.
40 Skiers from 13 countries including Pakistan, Greece, Afghanistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan are participating in Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup at PAF Ski Resort Naltar. pic.twitter.com/PVAAxCKoZu
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In the women’s league, Tikun Tetyana and Anastasia Gorbunova won the first and second positions, respectively. Both are from Ukraine. Pakistan’s Gia Ali secured the third position.
The final leg of the ski cup will be held today while a concluding ceremony will be held in Islamabad on the third of February.
Having to see Skiing return to the country after such a long hiatus is both pleasing and honorable for Pakistanis.