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Administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh and Royal Enfield announce teams for the first ever Royal Enfield Ice Hockey League

  •   15 Participating teams announced through a spectacular road show in Leh
  •   Road show flagged in by Shri Sonam Chosjor, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Leh
  •   Team jerseys handed over to the respective team captains at the event

Leh (India), January 2: The Administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh, Ice Hockey Association of Ladakh and Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size (250cc-750cc) motorcycle segment, revealed the names and logos of 15 teams that will take part in the first ever Royal Enfield Ice Hockey League in Ladakh from January 03 to January 13, 2024. The revelation was done via a spectacular road show with Royal Enfield riders being flagged in by Shri Sonam Chosjor, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Leh. The riders rode from the NDS Sports complex to the Leh main market that is at the heart of the city. During the event, official jerseys were handed over to the respective captains of the 15 participating teams, of which 10 are men’s and 5 are women’s. The start of a competitive league specifically for the civilian population of Ladakh will go a long way in scouting and nurturing local talent from rural areas of Ladakh.

Training and selection camps were set up across five of the seven zones of Ladakh, – Changthang, Leh (which also includes camps for Nubra and Zanskar), Sham, Drass and Shakar Chiktan. Players and teams that will participate in the League have been selected from these zonal camps by a committee comprising members from the Department of Youth Services & Sports (DYSS), Ice Hockey Association for Ladakh (IHAL), Ladakh Women Ice Hockey Foundation (LWIHF), zonal heads and local Ladakhi coaches.

The Royal Enfield Ice Hockey League has been initiated to create a competitive environment to grow the sport from grassroot levels, which is also in line with the roadmap laid out in The Game Changer – Blueprint for the Development of Ice Hockey in Ladakh. The Blueprint was launched earlier this month in the presence of Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Hon’ble Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, and dignitaries from Ladakh. Commissioned by the Administration of UT Ladakh, the Blueprint was created by Royal Enfield with the collaboration of all stakeholders and has been reviewed by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It looks at a holistic development of the sport and is a step towards realising the ambition of fielding an Indian Ice Hockey contingent at the 2042 Winter Olympics.

Royal Enfield is currently working with all stakeholders to grow winter sports particularly Ice Hockey across the Himalayas. In Ladakh, Royal Enfield has already supported the development of the sport by providing equipment and training with a ‘train the trainer’ programme where 20 coaches were trained by coaches brought in from Germany. More than 500 children have been provided training in ice skating, which is the starting point for anyone aspiring to play ice hockey. Additionally, ice hockey kits have been procured and will be distributed to players who don’t have access to sporting equipment. Royal Enfield is also working with the Ice Hockey Association of India and the Ice Hockey Association of Lahaul to set up training camps and host the Royal Enfield Spiti Cup in Himachal Pradesh this winter.

The teams and their key players who will take part in the first ever Royal Enfield Ice Hockey League are as follows:

United Nubra
1. Manager Padma Stanzin
2. President Sherab Paldan
3. Captain Tsewang Stanzin
4. Vice-Captain Tashi Chotak
Sham Eagles
1. Captain Sonam Angmo
2. Deachen Dolkar Assistant captain
3. Rigzin Dolma Assistant Captain
4. Manager Spalgon
Sham Wolves
1. Captain Stanzin Chospel
2. Nima Doejey Assistant Captain
3. Tsetan Gurmet Assistant Captain
4. Manager Spalgon
Shakar Chiktan Royals
1. Captain Ashiq Hussain
2. Zakir Hussain Assistant Captain
3. Assistance Captain Syed Mehdi
4. Manager Liyaqat Ali
Shakar Chiktan Queens
1. Captain Khairun Nissa
2. Tsewang Lhaldo Assistant Captain
3. Tashi Angchuk Manager
Humas Queens
1. CaptainKhalida Banoo
2. Stanzin Nyidon Assistant Captain
3. Mohd Amin Manager
Changla Lamo
1. Captain Tsewang Chuskit
2. Diskit C Angmo Assistant Captain
3. Thinles Angmo Assistant Captain
4. Dorjay Namgyal Manager
Maryul Spamo Leh
1. Captain Padma Chorol
2. Namgyal Wangmo Assistant Captain
3. Tundup Namgyal Manager
Changthang Shans
1. Chamba Tsetan Captain
2. Lundup Dorjay Assistant Captain
3. Namgail nurboo Assistant Capatin
4. Manager Dorjay Namgail
Changla Blaster
1. Captain Padma Namgail
2. Tashi sangdup Assistant Captain
3. Konchok Namgail Assistant captain
4. Manager Jigmet stanzin
Humas warriors
1. Captain Wasim Bilal
2. Nasiruddin Assistant captain
Zangskar Chaddar Tamers
1. Captain Nawang Dorjay
2. Stanzin Gyalak Assistant Captain
3. Manager Pasang Lawang
4. Lobzang Wangyal Team Coach
Purig warriors
1. Captain Sajad hussain
2. Nawaz Ali Assistant Captain
3. Manager Nissar Hussain
Maryul Spawo
1. Captain Padma Thinles
2. Coach Tsering Sangay
3. Manager- Jigmet Namgyal
Kangs Sings Leh
1. Captain Stanzin Angchuk, Kurja
2. Coach Tsewang Gyaltsan
3. Manager- Stanzin Namgail

About Royal Enfield: 

The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield has created beautifully crafted motorcycles since 1901. From its British roots, a manufacturing plant was established in Madras in 1955, a foothold from which Royal Enfield spearheaded the growth of India’s mid-sized two-wheeler segment. Royal Enfields are engaging, uncomplicated, accessible and fun to ride; a vehicle for exploration and self-expression. It’s an approach the brand calls Pure Motorcycling.

Royal Enfield’s premium line-up includes the Meteor 350 and Super Meteor 650 cruiser, Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 twins, the all-new Himalayan adventure tourer, the Scram 411 ADV Crossover, the iconic Bullet 350 and Classic 350. Riders and a passionate community are fostered with a rich profusion of events at a local, regional and international level. Most notable are Motoverse (previously Rider Mania), an annual gathering of thousands of Royal Enfield enthusiasts in Goa, and Himalayan Odyssey; a yearly pilgrimage over some of the toughest terrain and highest mountain passes.

A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield operates through more than 2000 stores across all major cities and towns in India and through nearly 850 stores in more than 60 countries around the globe. Royal Enfield also has two world-class technical centres, in Bruntingthorpe, UK, and in Chennai, India. The company’s two state-of-the-art production facilities are located at Oragadam and Vallam Vadagal, near Chennai. Across the world, Royal Enfield has five modern CKD assembly facilities in Nepal, Brazil, Thailand, Argentina and Colombia.

About Eicher Group Foundation: 

Incorporated in 2015, the Eicher Group Foundation (EGF), is Royal Enfield’s CSR arm and the custodian of the brand’s social mission which is to build resilience in communities and nature, and fostering deep long lasting and sustainable change particularly in the iconic Himalayan region.

EGF is working to partner with 100 Himalayan communities to champion the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to enable a thriving ecosystem for these communities. As part of its Social Mission, Royal Enfield also aims to enable 1 million riders to take action towards regenerating landscapes and empowering the communities within them, thus forging the largest rider-led movement in sustainable exploration.

Royal Enfield, through EGF, currently supports more than 50 projects across the Indian Himalayan region; these include conservation programmes, livelihood initiatives, promotion of rural sports and winter tourism in Ladakh, a network of homestays and eco-friendly pitstops for travellers, solid waste management initiatives, engaging riders to document and promote the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Himalayan communities in a unique partnership with UNESCO, youth fellowships on conservation, responsible tourism and heritage, and creating an eco-system and market linkage programmes for the weavers and artisans of Himalayan communities.

EGF also runs Helmets for India, an artist’s collective, spotlighting the use of helmets and road safety. Additionally, EGF supports community development and conservation projects in Tamil Nadu as part of Royal Enfield’s local area development program and marine conservation projects in Goa.

For further information please contact 

tsewangdolma@eichermotors.com