PANAJI: India is rising in importance at the world governing body for rafting sport with Shaukat Pal Singh Sikand and Priti B. Jindal securing key positions at World Rafting Federation (WRF).
President of The Indian Rafting Foundation (TIRF), Shaukat Pal Singh Sikand has now been elected on the WRF Board of Directors, representing Asia; by securing 100 percent votes. He aims to strengthen rafting culture not only in India, but across the Asian continent with plans in force to conduct the 1st Asian Rafting Championship in Himachal Pradesh post the COVID Pandemic.
Vice-President of TIRF, Priti B. Jindal has been elected President of the WRF Ethics Committee. The WRF Ethics Committee is composed of Priti B Jindal (IND) – President, Tatiana Bakanychev (UKR) – Member, Makar Sargsyan (ARM) – Member, Gaby Vargas (ITA) – Member, Murat Ali Alaç (TUR) – Member.
Jindal, who is also a member of the World Rafting Federation CVC that helped conduct the WRF Plenary Assembly (2021-24) held recently in France, resides in Goa where she has a business entity ‘Goa Bookings’.
Meanwhile with various events in the offing as COVID-19 situation eases, it’s evident that rafting sport is set for a big boost in the country. Rafting legend and pioneer Shaukat Sikand is inspiring the popularity drive as he continues to put immense efforts to introduce the exciting variant of watersport across new centres like Goa, which could play host to the 1st All-India Rafting Marathon series with dates to be announced subject to COVID situation guidelines by the government. The Indian Rafting Foundation’s Goa Chapter headed by Divya Sharma, who is the Joint-Secretary of TIRF, is in the process of working out the modalities of the event that will provide an insight into flat-waters rafting in a never-seen-before spectacle in the state.