Figure Skating and Ice Hockey Match organized for the first time in Nepal


14th Feb, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Feb 14: First Figure Skating & Ice Hockey friendly match with well-renowned players from Canada, India, Russia, and the US was organized in Nepal with the initiation of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 Secretariat. Skate Nepal is one of the pioneering steps to promote Winter Tourism focusing on winter sports. 

The event started with wonderful performances by Olympic Figure Skaters who marveled the present guests and observers including ambassadors of various countries, representatives of collaborators like TAAN and airlines like NAC, Summit Airlines, Heli Everest, and representatives from Hotel Hikers Inn. 

Similarly, as the chief guest, the Chief Minister of Province 1, Hon’ble Sherdhan Rai was present while Parliamentarian Mr. Jeevan Ram Shrestha, former Miss Nepal Shrinkhala Khatiwada, Vlogger Sisan Baniya and Chairman of Ward no 4 of Solukhumbu’s Khumbukhasang Rural Municipality, Mr. Laxman Adhikari were also there to cheer. French Ambassador HE Francois-Xavier Leger, Finnish Ambassador HE Pertti Anttinen, Country Manager of the World Bank, Faris Hadad-Zervos and Country Manager of the Turkish Airlines, Abdullah Tuncer Kececi were also present. On the other hand, the friendly match of Ice Hockey was also held between the players who were divided into two teams. 

As Open Lake Sports are gaining huge popularity in the world, SKATE NEPAL has been able to promote similar activities in Nepal, thus helping to promote the country as a tourism destination for all seasons. The event is an initiation of the Government of Nepal through the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign to introduce and explore the enormous potential of high altitude adventure sports in Nepal. At the same time, this event will also be a foundation to develop infrastructures and attract further investment for sustainable tourism in the region. The event also aligns with the idea of exploring high-end tourism products in Nepal and creating a niche market in the already popular tourist areas. 

SKATE Nepal took place with support from the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, along with Graff Figure, who provided around 30 pairs of Skating shoes, Screen Printing and Custom Apparel who has supported in jersey and puck and Turkish Airlines. 

The event has featured various award-winning players including Aleksandr Chekarshev from Russia, former Ice Hockey player who participated in various ice hockey leagues,  Russian player, Dmitriy Viktorovich Dudarev, one of the participants of 2010 IIHF World Championship, Elizabeth Putnam, a Canadian former competitive pair skater and a 2018 Olympic gold medalist in the team event, Jeremy Abbott, the 2008 Grand Prix Final champion from the US, Laura Kottlowski, a U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist, Matej Silecky, an American Ice Skater who was part of the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Champion, Junior Men, Nick Kalisz, an Ice Hockey player and filmmaker, Patrick Chan, Canadian former competitive figure skater, and Sergei Evgenyevich Voronov, the  ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy winner along with members of Into-Tibet Border Police Team which recently won the Indian Ice Hockey Championship, Tsewang Namgail, Tashi Largyal, Jigmet Rinchen and Tinlass Glasston from India.