Two outstanding players from the Northeast region have been selected for the men’s national team to participate in the forthcoming Asian Beach Games to be held from April 2-10 next year in China’s Sanya city.Assam's Mathew John Marak and Manipur’s Maibam Chinkheinganba are the two selected members from North East India.
Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), headquartered in New Delhi, selected the players on the basis of their performance. “Both of the players achieved top rankings in the Asian Youth Climbing Championship, Bengaluru held in December 2019,” said Mayur Mahanta, general secretary of Assam Sport Climbing Association, in a statement. “Sport climbing is a totally new sport in our state, and we are affiliated to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi,” Mahanta added. The secretary informed that sports climbing is also a sports activity to be played in the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Established in 2015 the Assam Sport Climbing Association is a sister organisation of the Assam Mountaineering Association, and both the associations have congratulated Maibam and Mathew. Mathew is from Assam Sport Climbing Association (ASCA) member.