KOKRAJHAR, April 5: A week-long mountaineering camp organized by the Department of Sports and Youth Welfare, BTC, concluded on Thursday at Dangdufur Hills South East of Kokrajhar. Altogether 74 trainees from four BTC districts participated in the training camp.
The closing ceremony of the camp was held at Damadarpur LP School on Thursday where BTC Executive Member of Sports and Youth Welfare, Doneswar Goyary attended the programme as chief guest.
In his speech, the EM of Sports and Youth Welfare, BTC, Doneswar Goyary said the council had been giving priority to the development of sports in the region. He said the council would focus on mountaineering which was becoming popular in the region as adventure sports. He also said he would look into the uplift of mountaineering in BTC area as it had several advantages to develop adventure sports.
Mountaineering coach Himat Boro of Guawhati said the camp at Dangdufur Hills was the 5th camp in BTC region sponsored by the Sports and Youth Welfare department of BTC. He said altogether 73 trainees, 29 from Kokrajhar, 14 from Chirang, 16 from Baksa and 14 from Udalguri district took part in the training camp. He also said over 50 trainees received suitable grade in the seven-day long training camp.
As the BTC region had enough potential to improve adventure sports, Boro said there was need for an institution for adventure sports in BTC and initiative from the council. He also said the Assam Mountaineering Association had been playing a crucial role in sending trainees to tiol and intertiol trekking and rock climbing competitions. He expressed hope that there would be trainees from BTC region to participate in Mount Everest expedition within three years.
Earlier, the Council Head of the Department of Sports and Youth Welfare, Jajbati Basumatary gave the welcome address while secretary of BTC Sports and Youth Welfare, Bhavanii Prasad Sharma and Headmaster of Damodarpur LP School addressed the gathering.
Sukati Boro of Baksa district was adjusted as the best trainee in the mountaineering camp among women while among men, Pranjal Baruah of Kokrajhar was adjusted as best trainee.