Shillong, Dec 13: The Meghalaya Sport Climbing & Mountaineering Association organised a one day adventure training camp on 11th December to mark International Mountain Day.

Wallambok Lyngdoh, the General Secretary of the association, organised the event along with volunteer instructors of the association for the youths of the state to motivate them and inculcate the spirit of adventure sports in them. Held at the training area at Mawthadkhla Rock, Kynjatphutbol-Riat Laban, it had the support of the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs.

The event was inaugurated by the chief guest, Shaiphar Wahlang, Headman of Kynjatphutbol-Riat Laban. Lt Col Jay Prakash Kumar, who is a renowned mountaineer of the Indian Army and a proud recipient of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020, was the special invitee on the occasion and he shared his experience and motivated the youths about adventure sports and prospects in the armed forces.

The event, which drew in 60 young boys and girls from the various districts of the state, showcased various adventure activities. There was an equipment display on mountaineering, sport climbing, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, etc, followed by a demonstration by the instructors and technical staff on the natural rock wall. The trainees were then divided into four teams with each team taking part in events like free climbing, rappelling and Tyrolean traversing.

Since all the participants were novices, adequate safety measures were taken during the training under qualified instructors.

Jibon R Marak, Liaison Officer at the National Games Secretariat, was the chief guest at the closing ceremony, and he appreciated the organising committee and all the participants for making this event a great success.

MSCMA urged the state government to consider promoting adventure sports as a job opportunity and to attract tourism to Meghalaya, which has the natural landscape to go well with adventure sports.

(Meghalaya Sport Climbing & Mountaineering Association photo)

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