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It's always been the same first weekend of April when the World Challenge attracted the largest field of 4-way teams in the history of the sport to Bedford. The participation has not been limited exclusively to one national team for each country as at the FAI world meets, or to four teams per nation at world cups.
The event has always been open to any 4-way team, and recently also to 8-way teams, who wanted to experience international 4-way competition and meet the best teams in the world up close and personal.
The first update with the NSL Power Rankings is already showing AAA Class teams from ten different countries, and the list is far from being complete at this point in time.
The World Challenge has also been offering the three additional categories (AA - A - Rookie) which allow the teams on a lower experience level to compete at the same event together with the best 4-way teams in the world.
World Challenge 2019
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In fact, the timing and the logistics both could be perfect. The teams that compete at both events would start with the World Challenge in a 16-foot flying chamber, which matches almost exactly the available space at Weembi Lille.
All previous FAI/IPC indoor world meets and world cups have taken place in 14-foot flying chambers, and it is the first time that all teams will be able to have the same space available that they are used to at the World Challenge. This year's event in Bedford will be a very realistic test for the next ten meet rounds after the 1-week break.
In fact, the participating teams at both events will be able to make the last adjustments after the 10-round test at the World Challenge. The 1-week break between the two meets is enough time for a few training sessions, either in Bedford or in Lille, and also enough time for resting.
It will be interesting to see how the different groups of teams will be performing at the indoor world meet. NMP PCH HayaBusa, Arizona Airspeed, Qatar Tigers, Airheads, NFTO, and a few other national teams have signed up for the World Challenge and will try to be as best prepared as possible with the balance between final meet practice, last adjustments in training and rest.
The World Challenge is also the British qualification event for the indoor world meet. ACM and Chimera will probably be the top contenders, while NFTO has no serious competition in 4-way Women and will compete for the UK delegation at Weembi Lille - after the previous scores for the ten rounds in Bedford...