Papu Valley to host paragliding festival

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: A paragliding festival will be held for the first time in Arunachal Pradesh at Lumdung (Pappu Valley) in East Kameng district from November 17 to 19.
“The event aims to generate awareness and interest among the youths of Arunachal Pradesh in paragliding,” informed Paragliding Association of Arunachal (PAA) president Vijay Sonam.
“Many experienced pilots from the country and abroad are expected to take part in the festival,” said Sonam.
He said paragliding was included as a sports event in the just-concluded Asian Games 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,” he said.
Former MP Tapir Gao on Monday launched the website of the Arunachal Paragliding Festival in a function here.
“It (website) is on air now and interested pilots can register for participation in the festival,” Sonam said.
The festival is being organised by the PAA in collaboration with the youth affairs and the tourism departments.