Air sports, as the names suggests, encompasses various sports activities involving the medium of air. These include sports like air-racing, aerobatics, aero modeling, hang gliding, paragliding, para motoring and skydiving etc.
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On the future of air sports in India, the minister said, “From a small market size of around 5,000 odd air sports practitioners creating around Rs 80-100 crore of annual revenue in India, I feel we can target over Rs 8,000 – 10,000 crore annual revenue and generate over 1,00,000 direct jobs. The economic multiplier benefits in terms of travel, tourism, support services and local infrastructure development will be over three times. ”
It is time for India to take its rightful place and become global capital of air sports, he added.
“We want to create an environment of adventure, thrill and sports in the country. For this, we will leverage the energy of our youth below the age of 35 which accounts for 70 percent of India’s population which is larger than the total population of Europe and three times that of USA, “Scindia said.
Key Objectives of NASP 2022:
– Promote an air sports culture in the country
– Enable adoption of international good practices in safety including but not limited to, air sports infrastructure, equipment, operations, maintenance and training
– Develop a simple, stakeholder-friendly and effective governance structure
– Enhance participation and success of Indian sportspersons in global air sports events; and