PESHAWAR: The first day of long awaited skiing races was dominated by the Ukrainians in the Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup being held at the enchanting resort of Malam Jabba, Swat.
Ukraine skiers outclassed their rivals in both men and women categories at the magnificent ski slope, the event was being hosted first time in the history of Pakistan.
Ivan Kovasnkyuk of Ukraine got first position in Men’s Giant Slalom category while Jan Jakooba of Slovakia remained second and third spot was also secured by Ukraine skier Vasyle Telychuk. Pakistan’s only hope in the category, Olympian Muhammad Karim remained 4th in the race.
In the Women Giant Slalom category, Ukraine proved unbeaten as two Ukraine athletes Tetyana Tikun and Anastasia Gorbunova got the first, second position respectively. Pakistani international skier Ifrah Wali had a wonderful race and remained third in the category.
50 male and 10 female skiers from Pakistan and 08 International Skiers from Morocco, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Greece, Afghanistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Tajikistan are participating in the Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup in the scenic valley of Swat.
It is hoped that this event would lend a new lease of life to the tourism industry of Pakistan and open the door for revival of international sports in the country.—APP