Shimla: Beating the hosts in a tough contest it was the Delhi women’s team that won the team championship at the 9th National Rafting Championship which concluded yesterday.
In the men’s section it was the team from Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali that won the championship trophy.
With there being just two teams in the women’s section, the final standing was a tie between the Himachal girls and those from Delhi.
Adhering to international rules, the team championship was given to the team that won the slalom category, says Showkat Sikand, chief organizer of the championship.
Speaking for the organizers, Col Ahluwalia said that the white water rafting competition ended without any injuries and accidents.
He said the on Satluj River had the potential of hosting the first international river rafting competition in India.
At the award given ceremony, secretary tourism, government of India, RH Khwaja said the event could not have been held without the active involved of the state tourism department.
Chief guest for the ceremony, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the difficult terrain of the state could be a handicap for luxury tourism but it was a great opportunity for adventure seekers as there was abundant untapped potential.
Later the chief minister gave away the trophies to the winners.
The competition was in four disciplines, Raft Sprint, Head to Head, Raft Slalom and Raft Marathon for both men and women category and was held at Pandau on Satluj River in Himachal Pradesh.
Teams from the Indian Air Force, Jammu and Kashmir and host Himachal competed in the men’s category and the women category had participation from Delhi and Himachal.