Dharamshala, Oct 15 (UNI) High speed icy cold winds accompanied by a hailstorm and rains kept the paragliders indoors on the opening day of the five-day Himalayan Paragliding Pre World Cup 2008 at Billing, near here today.
After the formal inauguration by the event by Irrigation and Public Health Minister Ravinder Ravi this morning, the organisers waited anxiouslyfor the weather to clear up but it was all in vain.
The high speed winds were considered too dangerious for the para gliders who had come from various parts of India and aboard to take part in this event.
''Due to the inclement weather conditions not a single flight was possible from Billing to the landing site, Bir'' state Tourism secretary, Ms Manisha Nanda said.
The event is being organised by the State Tourism and Civil Aviation department alongwith with PWCA (Paragliding World Cup Association) and the Aero Club of India.
The participants include paragliders, including women from Russia, Ukraine, UK, Germany, France, Czech Rupublic, Austria and Kasakhstan, USA, Italy, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania and a number of other countries. Besides several Indian gliders, there are five from Pakistan who are participating as guest flyers in the event.
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