Uttarakhand to set up skiing centre at Auli

Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 17:41 PM IST

Auli: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal on Friday said his government would build a large skiing training centre here shortly.

Inaugurating the second and the last leg of first South Asian Winter games amidst a cultural fest here, Pokhariyal said the large skiing centre would attract sports lovers from home and abroad to Auli, which has been declared as the natural skiing site by Olympic Council of Asia.

By organising the winter games, Uttarakhand has achieved another milestone in the sports arena, he said.

The Chief Minister also lauded the role of Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI) in organising the event.

Earlier, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, who was to officially declare the games open could not reach the venue due to bad weather conditions.