2017 Asian Winter Games started last Sunday and will continue till February 26 but the Indian women’s ice hockey team could not be part of the tournament because of lack of funds.
The Indian Ice Hockey Association of India is now using crowdfunding platform to raise awareness and seek help. The Indian ice hockey team consists of a group of girls from the Himalayan mountain range. These team practices skating on a frozen pond in Gupuks, Leh, in the middle of Himalayas.
While most would not be aware of the sport or that the South Asian country has a full-fledged team, the team has participated in the International Competition in Chinese Taipei.
The team comprising of relatively young players has even come close to beating Malaysia the group stages. A team member, Noor Jahan, was awarded the tournament’s Best Goaltender Award after saving 193 shots in a match.
But owing to lack of awareness resulting in almost nil sponsorships, the team suffers from funding problems, lack of training equipment and unavailability of a proper rink. They are currently in the process of raising money using Ketto, for the upcoming Challenge Cup of Asia. Using Ketto, they have been able to raise 50% of their target, Rs. 17 lacs till today(February 22).