Japanese Woman Calls for Donations of Skates for Children in India

Society Sports

New Delhi, Feb. 12 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese woman living in India's Himalayan region is calling for donations of skates to give children opportunities to play hockey on natural ice on local lakes and ponds.

Etsuko Ikeda, 44, from Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, moved to Ladakh in northern India in 2010 after marrying an Indian man.

She runs an accommodation facility and travel agency in a village near Leh, a major city in Ladakh. She said she has had an interest in India since she was a student.

In Ladakh, located mostly over 3,000 meters above sea level, lakes and ponds freeze enough to skate on between October and February. Such ice located above some 4,000 meters above sea level is said to be the highest natural skate rink on Earth.

Sports were not very common in Ladakh. "When I went running, people here laughed and asked me why," Ikeda said.

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