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India gear up for Paragliding World Cup in October

New Delhi:  The best paragliders in the world will gather in Bir Billing and show their mettle, as India gear up to host the "AAI Paragliding World Cup 2015".Preparations are underway on a massive scale
PTI September 05, 2015 16:38 IST
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New Delhi:  The best paragliders in the world will gather in Bir Billing and show their mettle, as India gear up to host the "AAI Paragliding World Cup 2015".

Preparations are underway on a massive scale in Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh, where the World Cup would be staged from October 23ᢻ 2015.

The Billing Paragliding Association (BPA), which has been entrusted to organise the event, is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a memorable experience for everyone.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will be the title sponsors and actively promote the sport and the event through various avenues and platforms to be announced soon. The AAI has also taken up the task of promoting Adventure Sports and help build an additional avenue for Tourism.

About 130 of the best paragliders, including those in World?s Top-5, from over 40 countries are set to participate in the championship, which will put India firmly on the global paragliding map.

Hon'ble Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Town & Country Planning, Government of Himachal Pradesh Sudhir Sharma, who is also the president of the Billing Paragliding Association, has been closely monitoring the progress of the event.

"It is a matter of huge prestige for Billing Paragliding Association and Himachal Pradesh that the AAI Paragliding World Cup is happening here. This is a huge shot in the arm for not only the sport of paragliding, but Himachal Pradesh as well and we are working hard to deliver a truly world-class event," he said.

"We are very thrilled that a prominent organisation like the Airports Authority of India has come forward to be the title sponsor of the Paragliding World Cup. It will boost sports and tourism activities in the state as international participants, pilots and others will visit the Kangra valley during this championship.

"Other activities to attract spectators will also be organised and it is bound to boost the local population and Tourism," he added.