For the first time in the State, a paragliding festival will be held at Lumdung of Pappu Valley in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The announcement was made by the Vijay Sonam, Paragliding Association of Arunachal (PAA). The event will be aimed at generating awareness and interest among the youth of the State. Several experienced pilots from across the country and abroad are expected to take part in the festival.
Sonam also shared that paragliding was included as a sports event in the recently concluded Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. ‘Paragliding has also been recognized by the International Olympic Association as a sport, and it is expected to be an event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.’
Earlier this week, former parliamentarian Tapir Gao launched the website of the Arunachal Paragliding Festival at a function in Itanagar. While inaugurating the website, Gao and Sonam revealed that the website is operational and interested pilots can register to participate in the paragliding festival.
The festival is being organized by the Paragliding Association of Arunachal in collaboration with the State departments of Youth Affairs and Tourism.