Gangtok: Sikkim is all set to host the 4th edition of the All India IMF Sport Climbing Competition from September 6 to 8. The event, to be held under the aegis of Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in New Delhi, will take place at the Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure & Ecotourism (IHCAE) located at Chemchey in South Sikkim.
The Himalayan state will be the first in the Northeast to host this event, informed Col DN Bhutia, director of IHCAE, on Tuesday.
“This will bring the state in the sports and mountaineering map of the country and people will start identifying with IHCAE as one of the important sporting destinations. All seven IMF zones spread across the country will be fielding their seasoned competitors,” he added.
There will be three categories in the competition – sub juniors (boys and girls between 10 and 14 years), juniors (boys and girls between 15 and 17 years) and seniors (men and women aged 18 years and above).
Around 230 young and old climbers will be competing in these categories under two disciplines of sport climbing – speed and lead, which will be conducted by IMF officials and technical experts, Bhutia added.
Bhutia further appealed all sports and adventure lovers to register and visit Chemchey during these two days and witness the grand event which will help young aspirants and mountaineers of Sikkim avail of the trainings in various fields of mountaineering and come with their own start-up and live an independent life.
The opening day of the event will be attended by BS Panth, state minister for tourism & civil aviation, while chief minister PS Golay is likely to attend the closing day ceremony.