The 8th edition of Ganga Kayaking Festival successfully happened in Devprayag from 17th to 19th Feb. GKF 2020 was presented by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and organized by The Adventure Sports Society. It has seen the participation of over 60 kayakers from India and other parts of the world like Australia, Russia, and Nepal.
On the first day of the event, Ayodhya Prasad from India bagged Gold in sprint category followed by Man Bahadur Kandel from Nepal and Rishi Rana from India whereas in the female category Elizabeth Heath bagged Gold followed by Ekaterina and Anna from Russia.
Amit Thapa from India bagged gold in giant slalom man pro category followed by Tarjan Gurung from Nepal and Daman Singh from India whereas in female pro category Russian Kayakers dominated the podium with Ekaterina, Anna and Svetlana respectively.
Manish Rawat bagged gold in the boater X category followed by Pramod Magar and Ashish Rawat.
Talking to Naina Adhikari who got 2nd position in overall female category said that this year competition was different for her as she was sick from typhoid and there were more strong competitors this year which made the competition more challenging but it was nice to compete with the foreigners alongside Pinky aka Priyanka Rana who got best debut award at GKF, 2020.
Naina also adds that Pinky’s performance was brilliant. She is just 5 months old in the field of Kayaking and this was her first-ever competition. She was very graceful in her first two rounds, rest went swimming but her efforts were commendable.
In the end, Naina says not everyone can handle the competition pressure. We were nervous but we were together at every moment which gave us strength.
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