National Curling

Itanagar, May 22: The recently concluded National Curling Championship held in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, has been hailed as a resounding success, bringing together athletes from across the country to showcase their skills in this exciting winter sport.

The closing ceremony was graced by esteemed personalities, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu and renowned Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who expressed their gratitude and congratulations to the participants.

Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, a prominent figure in the sporting arena with accolades including an Olympic medal, Commonwealth Gold, and Asian Games Gold, had the privilege of participating in the ceremony alongside Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

In a tweet, Dutt conveyed his appreciation, saying, “In the closing ceremony of the National Curling Championship held in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, I had the opportunity to participate along with Chief Minister Shri @PemaKhanduBJP. Many thanks to Dr. Rashmi Didi, President of the Indian Curling Association, for the successful organization of the competition, and congratulations to the winning players.”

Chief Minister Pema Khandu, in his tweet, expressed his delight at attending the closing ceremony as the Guest of Honour. He highlighted the presence of Honorable Member of Parliament Nabam Rebia and esteemed guest Padma Shri Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt, emphasizing their support and words of encouragement for the participants. Khandu also extended his gratitude to Dr. Rashmi Saluja, Executive Chairperson of Religare, for her presence and active role in promoting curling as a sport in India.

The CM stated, “Thank you for your presence today and words of encouragement for the athletes, which will be a big boost towards nurturing sports culture among the youths.”

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The event, organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Curling Association under the aegis of the Curling Federation of India, saw participation from around 400 athletes representing 14 states.

Khandu also took the opportunity to express his government’s dedication to developing world-class sports infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh. He emphasized the importance of creating facilities for high-altitude sports such as ice skating, ice hockey, and curling, which would provide athletes with the necessary resources to excel in these disciplines.

“Our Government is keen to develop facilities to organize high-altitude sports like ice skating, ice hockey & curling,” he stated.

The successful conclusion of the National Curling Championship not only showcased the talents of the participating athletes but also highlighted the potential for the growth and development of winter sports in India.

It serves as a stepping stone towards establishing Arunachal Pradesh as a hub for winter sports and has set a precedent for future sporting events in the state.