|Dear Sara, |
After you raised the question last year, this was put on the draft agenda for the 2005 CASI meeting with a view to showing in this GS para how the three years was to be calculated.
Meanwhile, since you want a ruling now, I understand that the Secretary General gives guidance based on the few previous cases that have arisen in the past and that he believes that the case you mention is within previous precedent. I have no doubt that Max and others will put your mind at rest about your 2006 championships in Germany.
In terms of any future clarification of this GS para, the latest version of this item in the draft CASI agenda (not yet published) is as follows. This was as a result of correspondence between Max and CASI Bureau members last year, after you had raised the matter. As always with such agenda items, improvements in the proposed wording are invited.
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GS 188.8.131.52.1 - Representation.
A case has arisen in Parachuting where a person wished to compete for a different country in a world championship in the third year. However, because the dates of the championship in the third year were earlier in the year, three years had not elapsed if the period is taken to the nearest day. The FAI Secretary General states that it was never the intention to take the three years "to the day" but to apply it to the relevant championship in the third year, irrespective of its exact dates.
It is suggested that this para now reads: "A citizen of a country may be issued with a FAI Sporting Licence to represent the NAC of that country. If a person wishes to represent a different NAC in any FAI airsport activity, the new NAC shall not be represented until 1 January of the third year after that in which the previous NAC had been represented. (AL9)"
Ian W Strachan, Secretary FAI Air Sport General Commission (CASI)