SWAT: On the final day of the Pakistan International Snowboarding Championship at the scenic Malam Jabba ski resort in Swat, Swiss player Victor Rojer clinched first place in the Giant Slalom division.
More than 44 national and international teams, including four women, as well as snowboarding fans from numerous countries, including Switzerland, Belgium, France and Afghanistan, took part in the event. At the award distribution ceremony, Senator Faisal Javed was the chief guest.
The event was coordinated by the Culture and Tourism Authority (KP-CTA) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the auspices of the Department of Tourism, Recreation, Archaeology, Culture, Museums and Youth Affairs and the Samson Group of Companies.
Belgian snowboarder Julien Harry took second place and Harry finished third in the male giant slalom division. Pakistani snowboarders took all the top three places in the giant slalom category for women. Fatma Nadeem was fourth, Sara Nadeem was second, and Ayesha Akmal was third in the same division.
Razaullah, a young Malam Jabba snowboarder, clinched first place in the parallel giant slalom division for men. Afghanistan’s Souresh Ahmad took second spot and Pakistan’s Wakeel Ahmad was third in the same group.
Similarly, Pakistani snowboarder Sara Nadeem was first in the parallel giant slalom female ranking, Fatma Nadeem second, and Ayesha Akmal grabbed third position.
At the closing ceremony, all top place holders obtained cash prizes and certificates from the chief guest.
Senator Faisal Javed said, “It is very good to see national and international players participating in the snowboarding championship, which has attracted a large number of tourists.” He said the government would make it easier for developers to encourage tourism.
The foreign snowboarders said they loved the breathtaking valley and the local people’s hospitality.
For skiing and snowboarding events, Malam Jabba is the ideal spot. It’s a mesmerising landscape. “There must be other opportunities for adventure lovers during the winter games, such as trekking, surfing, climbing, mountain bikes and others,” said Swiss snowboarder Julien Harry.
The CEO of the Samson Group of Companies, Waseemur Rehman, said there was a time when investors refused to invest in Swat. Through investing here, we took a chance and renovated the chairlift, the hotel and other services,” he added.”