For the sports aficionados, ice skating championships featuring India’s best talent offers a feast, enthralling the audience. It is due to poor snowfall in Shimla that the championship moved to Gurgaon this year.
Shimla’s loss is certainly Gurgaon’s gain, what with the city hosting the 14th National Ice Skating Championships. Sunday was the opening day of the two-day event, which began at Iskate Ambience Mall in the city.
Owing to poor snowfall in Shimla, the event was to be shifted to Gurgaon, to be held in an artificial skating rink.
Over 100 participants, half of them from the four southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, are competing in different categories – in figure skating and aerobatic manoeuvres. There are five levels of categories for different age groups, and boys and girls will compete separately.
The competition has more than heated up because this championship will decide the places in the Indian team that will take part in the Winter Olympics to be held at Pyeongchang in South Korea.
The Gurgaon mall, with its 450 square feet artificial rink, provides the skaters with the best of facilities to showcase their talent.
Eminent skaters Vasudha Sharma and Jagran Singh Saini, who have won accolades around the globe, will judge the championship and shortlist the Winter Olympics contingent.
"Ice skating is an exciting sport and watching champions play will be a beautiful experience. Let's see who emerges winner among so many splendid players," said Deepika Kashyap, a resident of DLF Phase 2, who had seen a competition earlier on and is hooked to the sport now.