As announced in our FAI-News of 29 April 2011, Powered Paragliders (Paramotors) will, for the first time ever, be part of the official sports program of the Asian Beach Games to be held in Haiyang (CHN) from 16 to 22 June 2012.
The Asian Beach Games is a multi-sport event to be held every two years among athletes representing countries from Asia. The Games are regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) which currently has a membership of 45 National Olympic Committees (NOC). The Sports Programme of the 3rd Asian Beach Games in June 2012 at Haiyang (CHN) includes an event for Powered Paragliders (Paramotors).
FAI is recognized by the IOC and hence OCA as the World governing body for all airsports and is therefore responsible for providing the rules and technical assistance for this event; which it is doing via CIMA, the FAI Air Sport Commission responsible for Microlights and Paramotors, whose President Richard Meredith-Hardy has been appointed by the FAI as Technical Delegate to the Local Organising Committee. The Powered Paragliders (Paramotors) event at the 3rd Asian Beach Games will most probably be based on the principles adopted for the FAI World Air Games 2009, which focused on short, media- and public-attractive tasks.