The Paragliding World Cup 2015 slated next month at Bir-Billing in Kangra Valley, is all set to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to children with special needs giving them a chance to go up the sky with the world’s best gliders.
Organised by the Billing Paragliding Association (BPA) and promoted by Airport Authority of India (AAI), the mega aero-sport event will have 130 gliders from 43 countries, including world’s top five gliders. The organisers, on the initiative of chief minister Virbhadra Singh, have decided to devote a full day to special children who will get tandem rides with the best Indian and international professionals.
“Such specially adapted tandem paragliding rides are available for children and even adults with a range of special needs in other western countries, but it will be done in India for the first time,” said the Chief Minister. He added, “These rides will be free of charge and will give young individuals an opportunity to soar in the skies and feel freedom from any mobility, balance, or other issues they may face on the ground.”
Children will be chosen from every district for this event. President of the Billing Paragliding Association (BPA) and Urban Development Minister, Sudhir Sharma, said that such special events will be made a regular feature in national-level championships.
The BPA will also request the sponsors of the event to help special children by donations or anything else they can do for them. The eight-day aero-sports event starting October 23 it is the first world cup being held in India.