Himalayan Open Paragliding Championship gets off to a colourful start



Shimla: Ramesh  Dhawala,  Food  and  Civil  Supplies  minister  today  declared open the ‘Himalayan Open Paragliding Championship’ at the world famous site Billing in district Kangra after performing the ‘yajna’ ceremony. The  minister  said  that  there  was  a  need  to  look  into  the  safety  aspects of  the  championship  and  appealed to the  pilots  not  to  fly  after  consuming  any type  of  intoxicants. He  also interacted with the pilots and other participants.

Earlier,  Director  Youth  Services  and  Sports,  J.R.Katwal  welcomed the  minister  and  detailed  the  itinerary  of  the  championship.  He said  that  as  many  as 130 in the  novice  category  were being  given  an  opportunity  to  take  part  in  the  championship. He  said  that  around  25  foreign  pilots  from  Austria,  Russia,  France, Uzbekistan,  Itlay,  Czechoslovakia,  etc  were  also  participating  in  the  tournament.  The  inaugural  flight  was  taken  by  Michael  and  Manuael  Langley  from Austria.

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