Turkish skier Usta dominates at Pakistan ski cup

Published 30.01.2019 20:10
Updated 30.01.2019 20:12
Naltar Ski Resort, Pakistan Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Naltar Ski Resort, Pakistan (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

A Turkish skier has won in the Men's Giant Slalom category at the CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup in Naltar, northern Pakistan.

Berkin Usta dominated his opponents in the Men's Giant Slalom Category, while Ukrainian skiers Tsibelenko Levko and Nariichyn Andriy came second and third respectively at the event being held at Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) Ski Resort, a statement by the PAF said.

The Turkish Embassy in Islamabad congratulated Berkin over his victory.

"Congratulations to Turkish skier Berkin Usta for his victory in the Men's Giant Slalom category on the opening day of Third CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup being held at the scenic PAF ski resort in Naltar," the embassy tweeted on its official account.

Ukrainian skiers Tikun Tetyana and Anastasia Gorbunova got the first and second positions in the Women's Giant Slalom, while Pakistani skier Umama Wali came third in the category.

It was surprising to see Bosnian Ambassador to Pakistan Saqib Foric also take part in the racing alongside the world's top-ranking skiers.

Two Pakistani Winter Olympians Muhammad Abbas and Muhammad Karim also participated on the treacherous slope of Naltar.

Forty skiers from 13 countries including Pakistan, Turkey, Greece, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan are participating in the weeklong event.

Holding this event provides a boost to the tourism industry of Pakistan and opens doors for the revival of international sports in the country, the PAF said in its statement.

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