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There have been only a few events that could be completed before the implications of the crisis had the known results. Most national championships in the whole world were canceled or postponed, and the World Championship of Formation Skydiving, the FAI Mondial Tanay 2020, was rescheduled for August next year.
Skydive City was planning to host the Shamrock Showdown 2020 in March this year as a runup and test event for the USPA Nationals in November, and it had to be canceled too when travel restrictions, lockdowns and quarantine regulations made it impossible to host a successful event.
Norway has been the only country holding their national championships earlier in July, and the USPA Nationals at Skydive City are now the latest victim of the corona virus crisis. However, USPA is still considering other options for the event, and Skydive City is now hoping that the conditions for the Shamrock Showdown 2021 will allow a better result than the ones this year.
|Due to continuing uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and after reviewing more than 450 responses to a survey of recent competitors, Skydive City Zephyrhills|
decided—with USPA’s full support—to decline to host the 2020 USPA Skydiving and Parachuting National Championships scheduled for October 30-November 21.
The survey revealed significant competitor concern about health risks, travel and other unforeseeable government restrictions, finances and ability to train. Protecting the
health of competitors, staff, vendors, volunteers and spectators was an important consideration. USPA fully understands and accepts Skydive City’s conclusion that hosting a
safe National Championships at their drop zone is not viable at this time. Skydive City’s full statement is available here.
The USPA Board is now considering options for the 2020 USPA Nationals, knowing that it must make any plans quickly. Even so, future pandemic-related events could well
affect that decision. USPA will provide an update as soon as possible.