|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Sept 13: Tushar Bhogia of Government Higher Secondary School, Domana, emerged as the new lead climbing champion of J&K in the 18th J&K State Sport Climbing Championship which concluded at Sprawling Buds ICSE School, here. In a keen contest with Ishtiaq Ahmad and Mohd Shaffi Bhat, both of Pulwama, Tushar kept his cool to emerge victorious. Ishtiaq and Mohd Shaffi had to contend with 2nd and 3rd positions. In the boys category in lead climbing, Mandeep Singh of St Xavier Convent Senior Secondary School displayed good technique and temperament to top the 40ft high wall to win the Boys title. Jeevan of Government Higher Secondary School Domana and Summanyu of St Xavier Convent Senior Secondary School also tried their best but could not top the climbing wall and eventually secured the 2nd and 3rd positions. In another good contest in Girls category Mahi Devi and Natasha, both of Government Higher SecondarySchool, Domana and Sweaty of Shining Star High School, Mutthy, Jammu bagged the first three prizes respectively. In the remaining four categories of Mini Boys and Mini Girls, sub Jr. Boys and Sub Jr. Girls, the finals could not be completed as some of the finalists of these categories from Udhampur could not reach Jammu because of closure of Jammu- Udhampur highway. However, final rounds of these categories shall be organized at a convenient date and results shall be announced accordingly. A total of about 290 climbers from various districts of the state participated in the two day competition which was sponsored by J&K State Sports Council.