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CM presides over closing ceremony of Paragliding Pre-World Cup

Presiding over the closing ceremony of a week long Paragliding Pre-World Cup Championship at Bir in Kangra district, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said that the State Government was endeavoured to promote adventure sports in a big way and announced Rs. 10 lakh for Bir Billing Paragliding Association for promoting the same.
Chief Minister said that Billing was a world famous site where paragliders from all over the world come to experience the beauty of the valley as well as paragliding. He said that he was informed that 107 pilots including 12 women pilots from all over the country and abroad participated in the event. He said that pilots from 25 countries took part in the event. He said that it was the Congress Government in 2003 when the Pre-World Cup Paragliding Championship was started in Bir-Billing. He hoped that the event would continue in the same spirit in future also and more participants from abroad would be motivated.
He said that in order to promote paragliding, the matter regarding setting up of National Institute of Paragliding and Adventure Sports at Bir would be taken up with Government of India.
Shri Virbhadra Singh also lauded the efforts of the local youth who besides promoting the game were also training the budding pilots to adopt paragliding as a hobby and as an avocation.
Chief Minister said that efforts would be made to acquire and develop appropriate land for a golf course comprising of 18 holes at Bir so that it could become all season sports destination.
Shri Virbhadra Singh announced to give Rs. 50,000 to the Tibetan students who presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion.
Employees of PWD Division, Baijnath presented a cheque of Rs. 1.58 lakh to the Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Chief Minister also gave away prizes to the winners of the Competition.
Shri Sudhir Sharma, Urban Development Minister who is also the President of Bir Billing Paragliding Association welcomed the Chief Minister on the occasion. He said that the Association was placed at third position in Japan Pre-World Cup Championship in 2009 which was sponsored by Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) under the guidance of Shri Virbhadra Singh. He thanked Neo Sports Channel for telecasting the event world over. He said that Billing had been adjudged as one of the Best Paragliding take off site in world after South Africa.
Mr. Jamil Messanger of Great Britain bagged first position in the competition and was given cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakh alongwith gold medallion and a trophy. In women category, Klaudia Bulga Kow of Poland won the first prize and was given a cash prize of Rs. 75,000 alongwith a trophy.
In the Indian category, Shri Ajay Kumar Sharma was adjudged best and was given cash prize of Rs. 1.10 lakh besides the new talent prize was bagged by Shri Kamal Kishore of India. In the Sports Class category Mr. Jim Mallinson of UK was given cash award of Rs. 75,000 alongwith a trophy.
Agriculture Minister Shri Sujan Singh Pathania, MLAs Shri Ajay Mahajan, Shri Kishori Lal, Shri Sanjay Rattan, Shri Pawan Kajal, former MP Shri Chander Kumar, Chairman, Kangra Central Cooperative Bank Shri Jagdish Sipahiya, Vice Chairman, H.P. Forest Development Corporation Shri Kewal Singh Pathania, Ex MLA Shri Surender Kaku, Vice President, Billing Paragliding Association Shri Suresh Thakur, Director, Billing Paragliding Association Shri Anurag Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Shri C. Parlasu, Superintendent of Police Shri Balbir Thakur, senior officers and prominent people of the area were also present on the occasion.


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