Paragliding show washed out for second day

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Dharamshala, Oct 16 (UNI) Inclement weather conditions forced the paragliders to remain indoor for the second day today in the 6-day Himalayan Paragliding Pre World Cup at Billing in Kangra district.

An expert member of the technical committee told UNI that due to high speed winds and cloudy sky, which are considered too dangerous for the paragliders, the technical committee recommended for the cancellation of the flying.

"As the high speed winds were blowing it was difficult for the participants to complete the assigned task and moreover it was risky too so the committee decided not to assign task to the participating 84 pilots from 21 countries," he said.

It was for the first since 1992 that weather proved to be stumbling block on first two days of the event, which would conclude on October 20.

The event is being organised by the State Tourism and Civil Aviation department alongwith with PWCA (Paragliding World Cup Association) and the Aero Club of India.

The participants include paragliders, including women, from Russia, Ukraine, UK, Germany, France, Czech Rupublic, Austria and Kasakhstan, USA, Italy, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania and a number of other countries. Besides several Indian gliders, there are five from Pakistan who are participating as guest flyers in the event.

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