The newly formed North East Zonal Committee (NEZC) of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) has initiated several steps to popularize the mountaineering among the youths of the region. It has decided to screen motivational films in schools across the region to encourage the school students.
During their maiden meeting in the city on Thursday, the NEZC has decided to conduct adventure film festivals, sports climbing training camps, competitions, trekking and mountaineering expeditions among others across the region.
NEZC joint secretary Manash Barooah said that they will target the schools and colleges across the region in the eight NE states to motivate and encourage the students to take up adventure sports.
“We will be screening short motivational films in the schools. The selection of the films has already been completed. Some prominent mountaineers will be present and also interact with the students. I think it will be helpful,” Manash Barooah said after the meeting.
World record holder mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa who was also present during the meeting said that the region which has huge potential for adventure sports, lacks in infrastructure and technicality.
“I believe that the region has plenty of potentialities for the promotions of adventure sports. But we need some basic infrastructures. At least some proper climbing walls, good coaches and of course judges. These are the basic stuff to improve the scenario,” Anshu said.
She also appealed to the union ministry of sports and youth welfare to include sports climbing in ‘Khelo India’ programme as it’s a part of Asian games and Olympics.
The NEZC has also decided to facilitate all possible support and coordination for smooth conduct of various training and competitions of sport climbing in the various northeastern states in the coming days.
The committee further resolved to appeal all the respective NE state governments to extend their support and co-operation with the IMF NEZC.