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7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championships 2006 ends

February 23 , 2006

7th Nepal Open Paragliding Championships 2006 ends

In the event, Russian paraglider Mr. Maslennikov Dmitzy came out first, British pilot Mr. Adem Charles Hill second and Nepali paraglider Mr. Rajesh Bamjan emerged third.

Similarly, Mr. Sangharsa Bista of Nepal bagged the best spot landing prize, while Mr. Matthew Bickerdye of Ireland won the best acrobat award. Similarly, Mr. Anil Gurung of Nepal, Mr. Karma Tshering of Bhutan and Miss Nadine Anders of Germany came out first, second and third respectively among juniors. Likewise, Mr. Binod Bomjan of Nepal came out first, Mr. Brad Sander of USA second and Mr. Kulikov Pasel of Russia third in the DHV-2 competition.

The paragliding championships was organised by TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) Western Regional Pokhara, in association with Nepal Air Sports Association, and in support of Nepal Tourism Board. More than 70 pilots from about 20 countries took part in that international sports adventure event. Pokhara is considered one of very few venues suitable for organising paragliding competition in the world. Blessed with nature and culture, Pokhara is a major attraction for the visiting tourists.

Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil, Mrs. Yankila Sherpa, who was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony, said that the paragliding championships was an important milestone for promoting the country's tourism industry. She also emphasised the need for developing Pokhara into an adventure tourist destination.

Organised with the theme 'Save Our Soarers", the event aimed to generate awareness about the preservation of the endangered species of vulture.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Narendra B.C., President of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) Central Committee, said that the spectacular event would be instrumental in promoting Pokhara as an adventure tourism destination and contributing to the preservation of the endangered vultures.

"This type of event would be helpful in making Nepal known to the outside world as an adventure destination and contribute to the promotion of our unique tourism products and attractions," Mr. B.C. said.

He also stressed on the need to preserve the endangered vultures, which are an important part of the whole ecosystem.

He assured that TAAN Central Committee is always ready to work together with all the associations for the promotion of our products and destinations.

On the occasion, various speakers, including Mr. Ganesh Bahadur Bhattarai, President of Pokhara Tourism Council, spoke about the importance of the championship.

The ceremony was chaired by Mr. Bashu Dev Parajuli, President of TAAN Western Regional Chapter Pokhara.