International climber Shivani Charak bags a gold and a silver; Arun Singh also wins two medals
Among the deafening noise of bullets and tear gas, a new trend is breeding. Instead of falling into the same pit, some J&K youngsters are taking up the sport of climbing and proving their mettle. And it was reflected in the recently held 2nd IMF All India Sport Climbing Championship as climbers put up an inspiring performance, winning four medals including 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Among the winning athletes from the state was Shivani Charak, a seasoned international, who won 1 Gold and 1 Silver medal in the Women’s Lead and Speed Climbing category, respectively. Ajay Deep Singh also made his state proud by pocketing 2 medals- a silver and a bronze in in the Junior Boys category Lead and Speed Climbing respectively. Another talented climber, Arun Deep Singh could have made it 6 for J&K, but he narrowly missed out on medals in both Lead and Speed Climbing. He had to settle for a 4th place finish in both the categories.
Being a ranking competition, Shivani Charak took her tally to 360 points with a haul of Gold (100 points) and a Silver medal (80 points) among others in the Championship. She is now the highest ranked woman climber in India. After her triumph in Indore, where the competition was held, Shivani immediately left for China with ten Indian member teams to participate at the Asian Youth Championship.
The Asian Youth Championship will be held from 1st November to 4th November in Chongqing, a sprawling city situated at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers in southwestern China.
J&K climbers were in top form at the various categories but somehow failed to win medals. For example, Ritesh Sharma and Randeep Singh entered the knock-out rounds of the speed competition in the in the Junior Boys category respectively but were unsuccessful in progressing to the quarters.
Nevertheless, it was an all-around performance by the 8-member team, as 6 climbers entered the final rounds of various forms of competitions. Manik Slathia was the manager as well the State team coach. The J&K team was completely sponsored by J&K State Sports Council. Later, after the competition, she expressed her satisfaction with the players’ performances and hoped that the climbers would win more medals for J&K through hard work.
2018 Asian Youth Championship
2018 Asian Youth Championship is a sports climbing event that is being organised by the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) and the International Federation of Sports Climbing (IFSC-Asia) from November 1 to November 4. The Chinese city of Chongqing will play the host for the event. The competition is divided into three categories: Junior, Youth A, Youth B according to birth dates of participants. The event will be staged at the Huayan Climbing Park in Chongqing.
As Shivani is about to begin her journey at the international-level competition, we wish the climber champion, good luck for her endeavours.