February 24, 2014 Off By Web Desk

NALTAR: The 2nd CAS Open Ski Championship concluded here Monday. Air Marshal Syed Athar Hussain Bokhari, Vice Chief of the Air Staff who is also President Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) was the chief guest at the occasion.

Advisor to Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan for Tourism, Sports and Culture Madam Sadia Danish also attended the closing ceremony. The chief guest awarded medals and certificates to the winning players.

While addressing the gathering the chief guest said, “The conduct of the CAS Open Ski Championship is a symbol of the efforts the Ski Federation is making in collaboration with the Pakistan Air Force for the promotion of Skiing in Naltar area. This competition is exclusively aimed at providing the local youth an equal opportunity in excelling in the sport”.

He further said, “I hope that to improve the infrastructure, the Govt of Gilgit Baltistan will keep on supporting the Ski Federation of Pakistan.

The athletes of Naltar are bringing glory to the nation in competitions abroad, be it the Olympic Winter Games of 2010, 1st South Asian Ski Championship, the Dream Program in Korea or the Olympic Winter Games of 2014.

The ongoing project for up gradation of the Ski Slope will provide you with an exposure to a challenging environment. I would also laud the efforts of Shah Khan Ski School Naltar in producing international standard skiers.

I commend the PAF on achieving these milestones. Moreover, the installation of chairlift, and the overall upgraded ski infrastructure at Naltar would ensure a useful activity throughout the year for the under-privileged area of Gilgit-Baltistan. This would attract local and international tourism followed by socio-economic uplift of the area”.

While expressing his satisfaction over PAF’s contribution for the education of youth of the area, he said, “With provision of educational opportunities, the youth of Naltar Valley will get good opportunities in skiing as well as in education.

I assure you that efforts being made by SFP and PAF to provide educational facilities in Naltar will grow in magnitude. I hope that all required help would be extended by the Government of Gilgit Baltistan”.