Ion-slides handle when swipe begins


I would like to have multiple slides in ion-slides element. Also I would like to handle the event when the swipe has started.

This code is not useful in my case because the event is triggered when the swipe has finished:

$scope.$on("$ionicSlides.slideChangeStart", function(event, data){
  console.log('Slide change is beginning');

on-drag handles only drag up and down, doesn’t handle drag right/left.

Is there a way to do it?