By Lubna Hamdan
World Future Sports Games confirmed for December 2017
A 15-year-old British pilot has led his team to victory at Dubai’s first World Drone Prix contest.
Luke Bannister and his team, the Tornado X-Blades Banni UK, won $250,000 out of $1 million in prize money for first place in the track race category.
The race had groups of four pilots sit in racing-style seats wearing goggles that allow them to watch a live feed from a camera on their drones.
The drones raced for 12 laps on a dedicated aerial track behind the racers, who had to overcome a series of obstacles while incurring the least number of penalties as possible.
“It is not merely a flying game, but a sport that requires mental focus and accuracy to enable users to harmonize mental commands and hand movements to fly their drone," Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi, director-general of the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority, said in a statement at the race.
Meanwhile at the event, the UAE’s minister for Cabinet Affairs, Mohammed al-Gergawi, announced the start of the World Future Sports Games in December 2017.
The contests will include robotic swimming, running, wrestling, car racing, and drone flying.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.