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The forecast did not offer much hope, and Dr. Hoenle tried to beat the weather whenever there was a slight chance. The situation was not enjoyable for anybody. The Meet Director had to take chances and send the teams even though the weather was critical and re-jumps could be necessary.
The judges had a hard time to identify formations and maneuvers whenever jumps were made and the screens of the cameras were foggy, due to the moisture in the air. It was no surprise that several re-jumps had to be rewarded. The 4-way teams from Russia, France, Belgium and Germany had to repeat their jumps for Round 4 on this rainy Wednesday. Round 4 was finally completed, and the teams prepared for the new sequence of Round 5 at the end of the day.
However, the actual sequence of Round 5 was finally used when all teams jumped again on Thursday. DeLand Fire secured the gold medals with an outstanding performance. The situation was still similar and confusing after the completion or Round 5. The teams now prepared for Round 6, while they needed to keep the semi-final sequence of Round 9 somehow in mind.
The IPC Meet Director finally announced at 1 pm on Thursday that Rounds 6 - 8 were history. There was only enough time left for semi-final, final and possibly a tie-breaking round. The semi-final brought the first cut, as well, and only the best ten teams began to prepare seriously for the semi-final sequence of Round 9.
The situation was still quite confusing. Some teams had made jumps and re-jumps, which did not count. Other teams had not jumped at all and were either eliminated or had to prepare for the sequence of Round 10. It was finally almost a relief when Dr. Hoenle had to make the final announcement, which canceled the final round and concluded the World Meet 2006.
IPC's Formation Skydiving Committee took care of the confusing situation in Germany at last month's meeting in Italy. The rules for the "Program of Events" at an IPC World Championship have been changed, and the next Meet Director at the World Meet in France 2008 will not have to deal with the same confusing mixture of selection rounds, semi-final and final rounds with changing sequences.
The new rules make the procedure as simple as expected. Each round in progress will be completed and might become a semi-final or final round if the weather situation does not allow the completion of all rounds. The next drawn round with the according sequence will be the next jump to be made - no matter what. The cut will be applied in a logical order.
These new IPC rules will already be applied at this year's IPC events of the 1st category, the Malevsky Cup 2007 and the FAI World Cup 2007. The national associations have the option to adopt these rules and apply them at national championships.