BEIJING: A 7-member Pakistan’s parachuting team is at present taking part at an international parachuting event in China.
Led by Lt. Col Asif Zaman, brother of Squash legend Qamar Zaman, the Pakistani contingent will compete in Accuracy and Style events.
The 37th World Military Parachuting Championship is being held in Qionglai, Sichuan province.
Organized by the People’s Liberation Army air force and co-sponsored by Sichuan local governments, the Championship runs from Oct 14 to 25.
Besides, Pakistan a total of 370 competitors from 31 countries such as China, United Arab Emirates, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Chad, Czech
Republic, Zimbabwe and Australia are participating the China Daily quoted Shen Jinke, an information officer with the PLA air force.
On the inaugural day, members of the Bayi Parachute Team of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force gave a stunning performance.
It is the first time the World Military Parachuting Championship, which is one of the 26 sporting events of the International Military Sports Council, is being held in China.
The annual World Military Parachuting Championship had so far been held exclusively in Europe and the United States until this year.
The International Military Sports Council, founded in 1948, is one of the largest multi-disciplinary organizations in the world. It organizes various sporting events for the armed forces of its 133 member countries.
Its motto is friendship through sport, aiming at promoting various military sports and developing friendship among armed forces of member countries. Its ultimate goal is to contribute to world peace by uniting armed forces through sports.
It has 26 sporting events: basketball, parachuting, aeronautical pentathlon, boxing, sailing, military pentathlon, cycling, shooting, naval pentathlon, equestrian, skiing, fencing, swimming, track and field, football, taekwondo, cross-country, marathon, golf, triathlon, handball, volleyball, judo, wrestling, beach volleyball, modern pentathlon and orienteering.
The parachuting event is judged on accuracy, style and formation skydiving. Men’s and women’s teams are each composed of five competitors.