World-class climbers show skill as they touch new heights

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Gau­rav Ku­mar, a res­i­dent of Delhi, has been train­ing in climb­ing for the past two years. When he ar­rived in Navi Mum­bai to par­tic­i­pate in the IFSC World Cup of Climb­ing, he re­alised the tough com­pe­ti­tion.

“I have been train­ing for the past 2 years in the sport. We get five min­utes to clear five blocks. With play­ers from around the world here, the com­pe­ti­tion stan­dard is very high,” said Ku­mar.

IFSC World Cup of Climb­ing be­gan Cidco Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter in Vashi on Friday and will con­clude on Mon­day. Tick­ets are avail­able at the venue and are priced at Rs200.

Climb­ing is be­ing in­tro­duced as a new sport in the Asian Games 2018 and is short listed as a new sport for the Olympics in 2020. Around 200 ath­letes from across the world are giv­ing the spec­ta­tors an amaz­ing dis­play of skill and tech­nique of the sport.

Prashant Ka­yarath, an or­gan­iser, said: “This is a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the par­tic­i­pants and also for spec­ta­tors. Peo­ple ear­lier climbed only moun­tains but the ar­ti­fi­cial struc­ture is a chal­lenge. It is also a great fit­ness sport.”

In re­cent years, IFSC reg­is­tered a 50% in­crease in the num­ber of climb­ing gyms across the world.

Franco Linhares, pres­i­dent of the world cup or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, said, “We are proud to have the op­por­tu­nity to con­duct the world cup in In­dia. It is a priv­i­lege to have some of the best climbers from across the globe com­pete in In­dia for the first time at an event of such mag­ni­tude. We would like to urge the peo­ple to come out and watch, sup­port and be a part of

this world cup.”

At the re­cently con­cluded IFSC Asian Youth

Cham­pi­onships, In­dia bagged four medals in var­i­ous climb­ing dis­ci­plines.

We are proud to have the op­por­tu­nity to con­duct the world cup in In­dia. It is a priv­i­lege to have some of the best climbers from across the globe com­pete in In­dia. FRANCO LINHARES, pres­i­dent of the world cup or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Par­tic­i­pants in ac­tion at the IFSC World Cup of Climb­ing which be­gan at Cidco Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter in Vashi on Satur­day.

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