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The 1-day delay for the NSL Live Talk video also gave additional time to study the FAI/IPC eligibility rules more carefully and inquire directly for clarification with IPC President Dr. Rainer "Exi" Hoenle. Roy Janssen's recent change from competing for Belgium to becoming a French member of the Weembi lineup brought back a topic and a part of the rules that have been discussed several times in the past.
Eligibility to compete for a different country at an FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving used to be defined under 126.96.36.199.4 of the FAI Sporting Code: "Change of Representation - First Category Events. If a person has represented a country in a First Category event, that person must not represent another country in any First Category Event during the twenty four months following the month in which the First Category Event, in which the person represented the first country, takes place."
IPC President Exi helped the Sun Path Products NSL News to the more specific definition at a different spot in the latest version of the FAI Sporting Code.
Chapter 3 (Sporting Licenses) is more detailed when it comes to the change of representation from one country to another one:
"188.8.131.52.4 Change of Representation - First Category Events. If a competitor has represented a country in a First Category Event, that competitor must not represent another country in any First Category Event during the twenty four months, or a longer period as specified by a particular ASC, following the month in which the First Category Event, in which the competitor represented the first country, takes place."
Gary Smith remembered that FAI/IPC's member in the United States, USPA, was very strict in enforcing the FAI regulations, and he hopes that all countries will apply the rules equally.
However, he sees Weembi Lille only as a great opponent for his team and additional world class performance in 4-way competition.
Gary Smith said that he is expecting Weembi Lille to become stronger in the course of the year. The French team is spending two hours per month in the Weembi flying chamber and specializes on indoor competition, while NMP PCH HayaBusa trains and competes outdoors with highest priority. The French Indoor Nationals 2017 are now six weeks away...