250 participants from 17 states took part in the competition held in Uttarakhand

Bringing joy to Jammu and Kashmir, the winter games team from the Union Territory (UT) has won the overall championship in the National Alpine Ski and Snowboarding championship at Auli, Uttarakhand.

The J&K team topped the championship by winning eight Gold, three Silver, and six Bronze medals.

Fifty sportspersons - both male and female - from J&K took part in the three day-event from February 7 to 9.

While furnishing the details, an official from the sports department said that Shoib Ahmad bagged two medals in Slalom and Giant Slalom in the under-21 category.

In the under-16 category, Faizan Ahmad Lone won two gold medals in Slalom, Giant Slalom. In under-18 boys category, Azhar Fayaz bagged bronze medal in Giant Slalom

"When it comes to girls, in under-21 category Haya Muzaffar bagged silver in Giant Slalom, while Mohammad Essa Anum won bronze in under-16 boys category. Hadika won gold in under 14 girls category in Giant slalom while Maryam won silver in under 14 girls in Giant Slalom. In under 18, Ridha Altaf bagged bronze medal," the official said

In Snowboarding, in boys junior category, Vikar Ahmad bagged gold, Mubashir Ahmad got bronze; in under-16 boys, Rooman-ul- Madina won gold while Syed Zain bagged bronze medals. In senior category, Mehraj-u- din won silver.

This is for the first time in the history of the UT that a team from J&K has won the overall national championship, as per the records.

While lauding the efforts of winter sports team, this official said that with this win it is anticipated that the UT will bring laurels to the country at national and international championships in future.

250 participants from 17 states including Uttarakhand, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir participated in this sports competition which was organized in collaboration with Tourism Department, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, District Administration, ITBP, Skiing and SnowBoard Association of Uttarakhand.

It's pertinent to mention that because of its location and its marvellous slopes, thousands of athletes learn and take part in championships at the snow sports site in Auli, Uttarakhand.

This competition and the next one happening by the end of February at Auli has also received approval from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).