`Auli has potential to become world winter sports destination`

Updated: Jan 09, 2011, 22:08 PM IST

Dehra Dun: Uttarakhand governor Margaret Alva on Sunday said skiing slopes at Auli in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand has all the potential to become the most favoured winter sports destination in the world.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of three-day Auli Open skiing champiionship, Alva said that there were very few places in the world as beautiful as Auli. "This is for the first time that Auli has been projected at an international scale. With the organisation of this international sporting event here, I am hopeful that the place would soon become a sports and training centre of world fame," Alva stated in a release.

Admiring the pristine natural beauty of the Auli region situated in the midst of snow-capped peaks, the governor said, "I have seen Switzerland and the Alps but there are very few places in the world as beautiful as Auli."

Alva also stressed the need for building a permanent winter games training centre at Auli while maintaing the natural beauty of the area.

On the occassion, the governor congratulated participants and award winners including young boys and girls from various states, one club and army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) units.