President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan (WSFP) for the promotion of winter sports in Pakistan and congratulated all the stakeholders for successfully holding mega events featuring international skiers.
He was addressing a prize distribution ceremony of 3rd Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup, 4th CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup and 27th National Ski Championship held at the Malam Jabba ski resort.
The president was the chief guest on the occasion.
Air Marshal Ahmer Shehzad, Vice Chief of Air Staff, who is also President Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan, was also present in the ceremony, a press release of PAF said.
Earlier, Air Vice Marshal Moeed Khan, Air Officer Commanding Northern Air Command, in his welcome address, said the PAF was fully committed not only to promote skiing in Pakistan but also to train budding players for participation at the international winter sports events.
British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner took part in the Karakorum International Alpine Ski Cup 2020.
Turner led the team that competed alongside a host of international skiers from countries, including Canada, Greece, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Timor Leste and Turkey.
Referring to Pakistan as a ‘wonderful country’, the British envoy lauded the positive change in Swat valley where Taliban militants had caused destruction to every sphere of life.
He said, “In a valley and resort associated with destruction by the Taliban militants, it is fantastic to see the breathtaking scenery and how Pakistan is changing for the better.”
Turner congratulated the PAF and the Winter Sports Federation Pakistan for organising the tournament.
The British envoy said, “I have been told I am the first British High Commissioner to visit the resort in 15 years or so, and I want to continue travelling all around Pakistan so I get to know this wonderful country.”
Since his arrival in Pakistan in December last year, Turner has already visited Lahore and Karachi twice as part of his ambition to see as much of the country as possible during his tenure.
About 8,500 feet above the sea level, Malam Jabba is among the few skiing resorts in the country. Every year millions of tourists flock to the snowy peaks for recreation.
The president awarded medals to the winning players.
The PAF team was awarded the trophy of the 27th National Ski Championship.
The top winners in the events include 3rd Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup – Men’s Giant Slalom: Nazarity Petruk (Gold), Ivan Kravchuk (Silver) and Vitalii Aib (Bronze); Men’s Slalom: Vitalii Aib (Gold), Karim (Silver) and NazarityPetruk (Bronze); Women’s Giant Slalom: Khushim Sahiba (Gold), Elvira Zakrayeva (Silver) and Umamma Wali (Bronze); Women’s Slalom: Khushim Sahiba (Gold), Umama Wali (Silver) and Nazima Khairzad (Bronze).
Fourth CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup – Men’s Giant Slalom: Karim (Gold), Nazarity Petruk (Silver) and Ivan Kravchuk (Bronze); Men’s Slalom: Vitalii Aib (Gold), Nazarity Petruk (Silver) and Mykola Dichuk (Bronze); Women’s Giant Slalom: Khushim Sahiba (Gold), Umama Wali (Silver) and Jia Ali (Bronze); Women’s Slalom: Khushim Sahiba (Gold), Umamma Wali (Silver) and Elvira Zakrayeva (Bronze).
27th National Ski Championship – Giant Slalom: Karim (Gold), Mir Nawaz (Silver) and Zahid Abbas (Bronze); Slalom event: Karim (Gold), Mir Nawaz (Silver) and Liaqat Ali (Bronze).