MAASA submits proposal to Sports and Tourism Department for making Meghalaya a paragliding hub



Meghalaya Aero and Adventure Sports Association (MAASA) has submitted a proposal to the Sports and Tourism Department to make Meghalaya a paradise for paragliding enthusiasts.

Speaking to the press, MAASA president, Desmond Nongkhlaw said, “The CEM has asked us to submit the proposal, and assured to render financial aid at his level”.

“We need to put Meghalaya in the map of Aero and Adventure sports and in achieving that, we need financial support from the Government and the Autonomous District Council,’’ Stressed Nongkhlaw

Nongkhlaw informed that since Aero sports is expensive and demands extensive training spread over 6-8 months, the government must come forward and help the sorts gain popularity in Meghalaya.

"We urge the government and the KHADC to support us. If we can bring trainers into the state, the training cost can be lowered down to 20-30 thousand,” Stressed Nongkhlaw.

The President also cited examples of other hill states such as Sikkim, Himachal, and Goa, where Aero Sports are popular, and also help in promoting tourism.

Nongkhlaw asserted that Meghalaya has the suitable terrain and landscape to promote sports, that besides being an addition to the tourism sector, will also help in creating jobs for the youths.

MAASA will also start basic training for local youths interested in Aero sports, starting from December 6, 2021.  

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