Ice Hockey tourney in Leh vies for Guinness World record

Attempting a Guinness World record for playing ice hockey at the highest altitude, a two-day tournament was organised at Chibra Kargyam village of Durbuk block of Leh district.
As many as six teams, including five international teams from Canada, Germany, Russia, the USA and India, participated in the tournament, which was held from February 5 to 7.
The tournament was jointly organised by Ladakh Winter Sports Club (LWSC), Hockey Foundation and Lalok Winter Sports Association.
Ladakh Winter Sport Club president P Wangchuk Noney said, “With an aim to set a Guinness World record, the ice hockey tournament was held at an altitude of 4,371 m above the sea level. The mega event was certified by the Geological Survey of India.”
He said views were sought from international experts and professionals to make the rink as per international standards and size. The sideboard was imported from Austria.
T Abdul Hakim, coach of National Ice Hockey team and the member of Ladakh Winter Sport Club, said, “Three foreign players — Adam and Markus from the USA and Tony from Canada —donated all sideboards. Tsering Galsion, a member of the Lalok Winter Sport Association, said over 100 volunteers worked hard to prepare the rink.”