Children line up for the competition at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Jan. 4: Steel city’s maiden sport climbing competition for schoolgoers kicked off today with 70 participants (boys and girls) trying to scale the 50ft high wall at JRD Tata Sports Complex.
The event, organised by Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF), started with the preliminary round in the afternoon. Final round is scheduled to take place on Sunday from 10am.
The young climbers, who were also part of a 10-day sport climbing camp held last month, thoroughly enjoyed their stint. Some of them scaled 50 feet, while others managed to reach 25-30 feet.
“I felt great to compete in this event. I am happy to have made it to the top,” said Amitabh Sagar, a fourth grader of Jusco South Park School, Bistupur. Amitabh, who also plays badminton and cricket, is among the top 30 participants who made it to the final round.
Sonal Kumar of Rajasthan Maitri Sangh, Sonari, echoed Amitabh. “Though I managed to climb only 20 feet but it was great fun,” the Class VII student said, adding that the event was being organised well.
According to TSAF manager Hemant Gupta, they had organised the competition in the speed climbing form. “There are two other categories — lead climbing and bouldering, but we opted for speed. We have made both difficult and easy routes for participants,” he said.
Gupta confirmed 30 contestants would qualify for the final round. Appreciating the skills of Amitabh Sagar, he said the young boy made it to the top very swiftly.
“I think Amitabh has emerged as the best in the preliminary round,” he remarked.
The sport climbing camp, organised by TSAF from December 21 to 30, had received satisfactory response from school students.
“The camp was intended to popularise the game in the city. We are happy with the response as it indicates students are taking to the new sport,” Gupta said.