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With the official announcement, the NSL News pointed out the implications of the decision by the International Skydiving Commission (ISC), who were in agreement with the Russian host in Tanay, Head of the Organising Committee and 8-way competitor Andrey Barabash. Yesterday's NSL News update continued with the next tier of organizations and people who have to react to the decision and its consequences.
One day later, USPA's competition committee already had the U.S. response. Jim Rees, original Mass Defiance member and FAI Judge, announced the decision, after he and the other committee members Kirk Verner, Albert Berchtold, Josh Hall, Larry Hill, Alixandra Hubbard and Chris Wagner voted and approved the application of a rule for "unusual circumstances".
|Jim Rees: "The committee has voted and approved the decision to apply the 'unusual circumstances' clause (SCM Ch4/3.1.3) with respect to selection for the Mondial 2020 to be held August 2021. The current US Team is still the US Team for Mondial 2020. Any Nationals '19 competitor who declined selection onto the team will not be automatically re-invited back on (I don't think that applies to anyone here in FS). If someone does decline going forward, we will go back to the original pecking order from the 2019 standings to fill the slot(s). Essentially, nothing that happens in ZHills this November will affect the makeup of this US Team. There will be a formal announcement on the USPA website and FB page shortly. If anyone has further questions, I'll make sure they get answered officially as soon as possible. Thanks again for your feedback, Jim Rees."|
|3.1.3 In unusual circumstances, a different method may be set out or used by the Competition Committee to select competitive personnel.|
The selection under usual circumstances would possibly change the "Competitive Personnel of the U.S. Team and Delegation" in Formation Skydiving competition. The USPA Competition Manual explains in the same chapter that the national teams qualify at the most recently completed U.S. National Championships.
|3.1.1 Competitors and teams qualify to join the U.S. Parachute Team based on the medal standings in the open class at the most recently completed U.S. National championships.|
The Mondial 2020 is now scheduled with the same name for August 2021. The USPA Nationals 2020 at Skydive City in November this year will be the "most recently completed U.S. National Championships". However, Jim Rees made clear in his announcement that "nothing that happens in ZHills this November will affect the makeup of this US Team".
FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019
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|5||Aerodyne Cypres Lille-Bondues||FR||15||-1||16||19||21||16||-1||17||18||22||25||21||190||19.0|
There is no guarantee yet that the USPA Nationals 2020 will take place, due to the corona virus crisis, even though it is still more than six months away. However, a cancellation of the national championships this year would probably generate the same result of the selection, and USPA's competition committee avoids more complications and delays with an early decision.
The decision still creates an interesting situation that will be the topic of many discussions in the Formation Skydiving competition community. Arizona Airspeed took back the U.S. outdoor top spot at the FAI World Cup 2019, just a few weeks after the USPA Nationals. Then they followed up indoors with the new lineup, first at the Wind Games, then at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2020.
At the same time, SDC Rhythm XP's Golden Knights substitute Andrew Starr had committed only until August 2020 and was planning to be back with his own Golden Knights Gold lineup at the USPA Nationals 2020. The U.S. national 4-way team for the Mondial 2020 might not be done yet considering the circumstances, which surely are unusual...