Seems Nepal is riding high on success track and drawing global attention across various international competitions.
After making its mark at the World Powerlifting Championship and marking its grand entry at the recently-held International Toastmaster Contest 2017 with 24 awards, Nepal is again in news for leading the way at the International Paragliding Tournament 2017.
In the international paragliding competition, held in Swarek of Syangja (Nepal) from November 1-6, 2017, Nepali paragliders led the way by bagging all the awards on offer at the competition.
The awards were categorized by overall event, accuracy and cross-country events, both in men and women categories.
Nepal Air Sports Association, Babu Adventure Club and Nepal Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association organized the competition and more than 300 players from 20 different countries including Nepal, China, India, Bangladesh, Britain, Spain, France, Venezuela and Switzerland, among others, participated in the tournament.
Krishna Bahadur Sunar won the men’s overall event category followed by Madan Kumar Sunar and Bimal Adhikari, while Rikhi Pode, followed by Yubaraj Sunar and Bimal Adhikari, led the men’s accuracy event category.
Bishal Thapa, Krishna Bahadur Sunar and Nisim Thapa stood in top-three positions in the men’s cross-country event.
Women’s overall and accuracy events saw B Singtan in the leading position, followed by Sabita Tamang and Nikita Sunar.
In the women’s cross-country event, Nikita Sunar lead the way followed by Tamang and Singtan in the first runner-up and second runner-up positions, respectively.
The competition also selected top-three pilots in the Tandem category with Bishal Thapa standing first, followed by Prem Timalsina and Alice Thapa in the second and third positions, respectively.
A Step Towards 18th Asian Games
“We will select the national team from the shortlisted candidates by organizing another selection competition within a few months,” says Sanobabu Sunar, Chief Coach of Babu Adventure Club, one of the key organizers of the competition.
According to Sunar, Nepali gliders will participate in the paragliding event of the 18th Asian Games to be held in Indonesia, in 2018. “Seven out of 21 male pilots will be selected for the Asian Games, while five female pilots will be selected for the competition,” he informed.
“Nepal paragliders will participate in international arena for the first time, next year. An opportunity to participate in an international paragliding competition is itself a huge achievement,” says Khagraj Paudel, President of the Regional Sports Development Committee.