31/12/2017 23:41 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

International paragliding tournament opens in Hanoi

The 2017 Vietnam Paragliding Open  was recently held in Chuong My district, Hanoi to promote the development of this new sport in Vietnam and support it to become an official competition in Southeast Asia.
The official international paragliding competition was held by the National Sports Administration, Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hanoi Paragliding Club and Hanoi Vietwings Paragliding Club.

The event attracted more than 60 paragliders from local and foreign paragliding clubs. The contestants were on seven teams, including five Vietnamese teams. The paragliders competed in accuracy landing under international standards and rules of paragliding competition.

An adventurous sport, paragliding attracts participants who love to discover and challenge themselves. The event also created a chance for foreign paragliders to see the beauty of Hanoi from above. 

The 2017 Vietnam Paragliding Open is held in Chuong My district of Hanoi

Paragliders move to the take-off area by car.

Making preparations at Doi Bu take-off area.

The weather is favourable for the competition.

The competition attracts seven teams, including five from Vietnam.

Checking equipment before starting.

Checking the parachute before the competition.

Paragliders fly for a distance of around 1.5 km.

Scores for paragliders are calculated based on the distance in centimeters from the first point their bodies
touch the land within the circle

A paraglider completes his fly.

Kim JongMok from South Korea shares his experience of flying in bad weather with other paragliders.

Regular check of the wind speed to ensure safety for paragliders.

Watching and communicating with paragliders to ensure their safe distance.

Light and stable winds makes the fly safe.

A parachute in the shape of the Vietnamese flag.

Camping on Doi Bu while waiting for their turns.

Doi Bu, a place for adventurous sport in Hanoi. 

Winners of the 2017 International Paragling Open
First Prize (men): Nguyen Hai Anh (Hanoi Paragliding Club) 
Second Prize: VuTuan Anh (Hanoi Viewwings Club)
Third Prize: Nguyen Dai Nghia (Da Nang Paragliding Club)
First Prize (women): Chu Thien Huong (Hanoi Parachute Club)
By Khanh Long