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HayaBusa have now resumed their training on Belgian home turf in Spa, and they had completed another outdoor training camp with almost 100 jumps when new team speaker Andy Grauwels and coach Gary Smith were available for an update on ZOOM.
Andy Grauwels is now the only original HayaBusa member in the active lineup, after his brother David has switched to the camera slot as soon as the FAI Mondial 2020 was canceled and rescheduled for August 2021. According to the earlier planning, David Grauwels would have made the same move after the end of the world meet this month in Tanay, Russia.
NMP PCH HayaBusa decided quickly to bring new member Michelle Silvi into his inside center slot when the decision to cancel the event added another year to the time frame until the next World Championship of Formation Skydiving.
FAI World Meet 2018
Gary Smith has also been working with the Qatar Tigers until the pandemic shut down any training for the Qatar formation skydiving teams completely. He said that Tigers (4-way) and Falcons (8-way) have neither made one single jump since the shutdown nor have any indoor training options.
The Qatar Falcons won FAI bronze medals at the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2018 and were planning to be once again in the race for 8-way medals in Tanay. The Qatar Tigers had even higher goals and were hoping to challenge NMP PCH HayaBusa with their longest standing lineup of all medal contenders.
Gary Smith did not know when he will be able to work with the Qatar Tigers again, as the country is still under pandemic restrictions.
FAI World Meet 2018
The 4-way world champions are planning to use the NSL Cloud Mondial 2020 instead for a simulated competition practice. The online event will still put some pressure on the participating teams, as scores and videos will be posted to the general audience as soon as the competition videos are collected and judged.
The NSL Live Talk with Andy Grauwels and Gary Smith took place a day after the official cancellation of the USPA Nationals 2020, as the NSL News reported yesterday. NMP PCH HayaBusa had originally planned to visit Skydive City in November for this year's event, as they had traveled to Paraclete XP last year to meet the best U.S. teams in competition.
HayaBusa's travel plans for November 2020 were already canceled earlier, and Skydive City's decision to step back from the hosting position confirmed the Belgians and their own decision.