Are you aiming for a flight? Center Presents Draft National Air Sports Policy
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has presented the draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP) for public comment. The move by the Union Ministry is an attempt to tap into India’s potential for air sports, given that the country has a vast geographical spread, varied topography and good weather conditions.
The draft policy includes sports such as aerobatics, model aircraft, hot air ballooning, drones, gliding, hang gliding, paragliding and parachuting. the Rough draft also proposed the establishment of an Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI) as the supreme governing body.
The AFSI will forget several associations
Under the governing body of Apex, several associations will cover each of the aerial sports. For example, the Paragliding Association of India would run certain sports under its umbrella. ASFI would overlook the regulatory framework and provide safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable conduct of their respective air sport, The Indian Express reported. If regulators cannot ensure adequate safety standards for the sport, they would be subject to criminal action by ASFI, which includes financial penalties, suspension or dismissal.
The largest air sports facility in Lausanne, Switzerland
AFSI would represent India at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and other global platforms would host international air sports. FAI is the largest air sports facility located in Lausanne, Switzerland. NASP’s draft policy stated that all tournaments in India would be held in accordance with FAI guidelines.
The policy envisions making India one of the top choices for air sports in the country. This initiative would promote greater participation and success of Indian athletes in global air sports. Moreover, the government has also offered to develop and manufacture air sports equipment in accordance with Atmanirbhar Abhiyaan in India.
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