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First ever Int’l Ski tournament starts in Malam Jabba today

PESHAWAR: The first international ski tournament is going to start today in Malam Jabba in Swat valley.

Players from some 12 countries are participating in the tournament, which is the first of its kind in the history of the country. The games would continue till March. The Pakistan Ski Federation considers it a milestone achievement that the International Ski Federation has approved 16 international races for Pakistan, which would not only promote soft image of Pakistan in the world but also earn revenue and boost tourism.

The Ski Federation after sending two international skiers namely Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Karim to Vancouver, Canada Olympics and Sochi, Russia winter Olympics in 2010 and 2014 respectively started efforts to get its ski slopes in Malam Jabba and Naltar the international status for Federation of International Ski (FIS) races. In 2016, the FIS experts after visiting Pakistan approved both the slopes for international competitions besides approving two international races at Naltar in Gilgit-Baltistan.