New delhi sources stated that the Union Territory of Ladakh will host the inaugural Khelo india Winter Games later this month followed by a similar event in the UT of kashmir - SRINAGAR/JAMMU' target='_blank' title='jammu and kashmir-Latest Updates, Photos, Videos are a click away, CLICK NOW'>jammu and kashmir in march, sports minister kiren rijiju announced on Thursday. Reportedly the sports ministry will fund both the Khelo india Winter Games in Ladakh in the third week of february and in kashmir - SRINAGAR/JAMMU' target='_blank' title='jammu and kashmir-Latest Updates, Photos, Videos are a click away, CLICK NOW'>jammu and kashmir in the first week of March.
Meanwhile the Khelo india Ladakh Winter Games will feature an open ice hockey championship, figure skating and speed skating and the competition will be conducted at a block, district and UT levels with an expected participation of about 1700 athletes. The competitions of the Khelo india J&K Winter Games will be held at Kongdori, Gulmarg in four age categories for both boys and girls. Apparently athletes in the age categories of 19-21 years, 17-18 years, 15-16 years and 13-14 years can compete in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Moreover speaking about the decision to organise the Khelo india Winter Games, Rijiju said, "There is no better means than a sport to channelise the energy of youth in the right direction." "We have included disciplines like Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, that are part of olympics, and with time we may also be able to produce champions in these disciplines in India.