India to host Paragliding World Cup


New Delhi: Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh host AAI Paragliding World Cup, the first-ever event of the World Cup Tour to be held in India.
Kangra, will see three of the four world’s top-ranked pilots, besides the top-3 from Oceania-Asia and top-2 from Africa and one of the most successful woman pilots in a field that has 130 pilots from over 35 countries. The event sponsored by Airports Authority of India, which has taken upon itself to promote and push Adventure Sports in India, also has a host of other sponsors.

The event will be held at from October 23-31. The venue Bir-Billing often referred to as a “Paradise for Paragliders” is considered one of best launch sites for the sport in the world. While announcing the participation of the world’s best 130 pilots, including an Indian team of seven pilots, the organisers also unveiled the customised AAI Paragliding World Cup Trophy and the mascot, which is the Snow Leopard, the state animal of Himachal Pradesh.

R K Srivastava, Chairman, Airports Authority of India, said, “We are extremely pleased to be associated with the Paragliding World Cup”. This venue Supported by Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Preity Zinta, director/producer Mahesh Bhatt and cricketer Yuvraj Singh, the World Cup also aims to take the sport across India and promote Tourism through Adventure Sports.

Source courtesy: CNN-IBN