The jubilee 40th world championship among military parachuting was launched Tuesday in the Park “Patriot”. In competitions take part 357 athletes from 38 countries. The first day of competition began with the demonstration flight of the aerobatic team “Swifts” and jumps for accuracy.
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
Despite a weekday, the Park “Patriot” brought together hundreds of spectators who came to watch the opening ceremony of the world championship in parachuting. Couples with children, young girls and boys, swarmed armored vehicles, parked outdoors, and on mobile phones filmed the events. In front of the building of the press center of the Park “Patriot” were built by representatives of participating teams. Secretary General of the International military sports Council (CISM) Colonel Mamby koita Door, opening the event, said he was very grateful to the Armed forces of the Russian Federation for the excellent preparation of the world Cup. He added that on each summer and winter Olympic games military athletes win 25-30 percent of the medals, and recalled that military athletes will take part in the Olympic games in Brazil, which will surely show good results. “Another event – 3-winter military world games will be held in Sochi in February 2017, I’m sure this event will be as exciting,” said koita.
State Secretary – Deputy defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said at the opening stressed that “the participants of the championship will gain in Russia many new friends, enrich their understanding of heroic history and tradition of our country.” He wished the athletes to show solidarity and a will to win and please the fans with new records, and the audience – to vivid, unforgettable experience.
Then over the Park with a crash flew combat aircraft. Pilots of the aviation group of aerobatics “Swifts” showed “loop the Loop”, “Barrel”, “Turn on the afterburners”, “Oblique loop”. And everything was done at minimum intervals and distances between aircraft.
On the first day of the competition parachutists competed in jumping on a precision landing. Athletes jumped from a Mi-8 helicopters and had to land on a target the size of peteroleum coin. The world Championships includes three exercises: the accuracy of landing (jump from a height of 1000 metres), private acrobatics (jump from a height of 2200 m) and group acrobatics (jump from a height of 3200 m). Athletes in total will make more than 10 thousand parachute jumps. The competition will take place from 19 to 28 July.
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