Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh launched a website (www.prepwcindia.com) of Pre-World Cup Paragliding Championship.
Chief Minister said that it is a matter of pride that Paragliding World Cup Association had given approval to organize Pre-World Cup Paragliding 2013 championship in India from 24th to 30th October at Bir-Billing in Kangra district.
Mr. Singh said that the State Government was laying emphasis to develop sports infrastructure and promoting sports talents in the state. In order to motivate various sports, cash prizes had been doubled for the outstanding players from current financial year. He said that Himachal Pradesh had tremendous potential for adventure sports such as paragliding, skiing, river rafting, mountaineering and rock climbing etc.
Chief Minister said that Bir-Billing in Dhauladhar ranges of Kangra district had emerged as top five paragliding sites in the world. He said that initially hand-gliding was started in 1984 by Israeli pilots at Bir-Billing and thereafter paragliding was started in 1992 by French paragliding pilots.
He said that Paragliding Pre-World Cup was organized by tourism department from 2002 till 2007 at Bir-Billing. Then Paragliding Category-II and National Championships were started by the State Youth Services and Sports Department.
Mr. Singh said that this year Pre-World Cup Paragliding Championship would be held at Bir-Billing in joint collaboration of State Tourism Department and Billing Paragliding Association (BPA). He said that around four hundred World class Para-gliders would fly over the beautiful Dhauladhar ranges and about one hundred top class pilots would take part in Pre-World Cup Paragliding Championship.
Urban Development Minister and President of Billing Paragliding association, Sudhir Sharma said that efforts would be made to organize this championship as a mega-event.
World class scorer Mr. Ulric Jessop would be the scorer-cum-observer of Championship. Debu Choudhary, Indian best paragliding pilot and 52nd ranked world para-glider would be the technical event meet director. Out of hundred world class competitors, 25 seats had been reserved for Indian pilots.