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Jamshedpur: Brilliant start for India, TSAF athletes shine at Asian Kids Sport Climbing Championship


TSAF’s Suku Singh excels in Lead and Bouldering, Savitri dazzles in Lead and Speed events

Jamshedpur, Dec 9: Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) athletes performed brilliantly in the ongoing first Asian Kids Sport Climbing Championship being held at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Friday.

Eighty-four young athletes aged 10-13 years old competed with each other in 3 challenging competitions – Lead, Speed and Bouldering. It was wonderful to see the athletes in their best form displaying immense strength and extraordinary skills.

The participants are divided into two groups – Youth D in the age group of 10-11 years and Youth C in the age group of 12-13 years.

Amieyra Khoslla is the lone Indian athlete among six girls to qualify for the next round in Bouldering (Youth D Girls – 10-11 years) category.

In the Lead Climbing (Youth D Boys) eight athletes qualified of which four are from India including Suku Singh and Sudarshan Murmu from TSAF.

Suku Singh from TSAF is among the 3 Indian who qualified in the Bouldering (Youth D Boys – 10-11 years).

Three from India including Savitri Samad from TSAF qualified in the Lead Climbing (Youth C girls – 12-13 years).

Two Indian among eight athletes qualified in the Lead Climbing (Youth D Girls) category. Sangita Tiyu from TSAF is among two Indians.  

Kundan Kumar from TSAF is among four Indian who qualified in Lead Climbing (Youth C boys) category. Total of 8 athletes move on to the next round.

 TSAF’s Savitri Samad among six Indians qualified in Speed Climbing (Youth C girls) category.

In Speed Climbing (Youth C boys) category 16 athletes qualified for the next round. Kundan Kumar, Bhoj Birua, Rohit Modi and Sanjay Birua from TSAF are among eight Indians who move on to the next round.

For some athletes, the day was filled with an overwhelming feeling of joy and accomplishment while others experienced some disappointments and are gearing up for tomorrow to improve their performance. There were 14 national judges from IFSC, two international IFSC judges and a jury president.

Ruchi Narendran graced her presence at the Asian Kids Championship 2022. She visited the event venue, saw lead climbing and bouldering, and expressed her immense appreciation for the tremendous success of the event. She had delightful conversations with the team, the athletes, their coaches, and their parents and admired the phenomenal skills, talent, and strength of the bright young athletes. 

Children from three schools across Jamshedpur also participated in the event and had a gala time trying their hands at the climbing walls and playing other fun games. The next two days of the event will only increase the excitement and thrill!

Earlier, the day started with one group doing Bouldering and another doing Lead climbing. In bouldering, athletes had to climb on different bouldering walls carefully created to bring out different types of challenging movements. While some bouldering walls were designed for dynamic powerful movements, others required classic finger strength and coordination. Bouldering is considered to be the toughest skill in sport climbing and the routes created by the experienced route setters brought that out clearly. Each move created on the walls required utmost coordination, movement, and control. In Lead Climbing, the climbers are challenged to climb a wall of 15 meters high and 8 meters wide. Athletes are judged on the basis of the highest level they reach and they get points accordingly. In Lead climbing, the children showed ultimate perfection and perseverance, carefully traversing their way up the walls. In Speed climbing, athletes had to climb a 10-meter high wall in the shortest time possible. It was unbelievable to witness the lightning speed and dexterity of athletes who left the audience completely spellbound.

International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Asia in association with the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) is organizing the three-day extravaganza wherein 84 young athletes from 10 Asian countries are participating.

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