The Paragliding Pre-World Cup has begun in Pokhara of Kaski on Friday, for the first time in Nepal.
As many as 150 paragliding pilots from 36 nations including Nepal are participating in the weeklong event hosted by Nepal Airsports Association (NAA).
Today, the participants practiced for the main competition that will begin tomorrow, said NAA Deputy Chairperson Sovit Baniya.
A NAA technician Rabin Gurung said the pilots have taken their flights over Sarangkot, Armala, Dhikidanda and Toripani of Kaski during the practice on Friday.
Hundreds of audience had observed the practice games today from the banks of Phewa Lake.
As many as 30 pilots are participating from Nepal, according to NAA Chairperson Yogesh Bhattarai.
Winner of the event will get Rs 50,000 cash prize besides trophy, medal and certificate; whereas the first and second runner-ups will get Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively.
The organiser will also award top three contestants of Overall Women, Overall Nepali and Sports Class categories.
NAA said the successful completion of the global event will promote adventurous sports and tourism industry in the nation.