Did You Know...... that the final verdict in the "Pete Allum Case" will come from Paris very soon?
posted Oct 13th, 2005 - The NSL News covered the "Pete Allum Case", which is related to international FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) and IPC (International Parachuting Commission) eligibility rules, comprehensively earlier this year. The issue came up when the former British national competitor Pete Allum joined the Italian national team Sinapsi PD at the end of 2004.
NSL News stories at that time explained the rule situation and the implications on the athletic side. After a half-year break, the NSL News story on June 9 resumed the coverage when the FAI came to an opposite decision compared to previous confirmations to the Italian IPC delegate, Sara Sacchet.
NSL News story two days later offered feedback from IPC President Patrice Girardin. The NSL News got access to more information, which was posted with the story on June 14. The summary of the affair was posted on July 3 when the Italian team competed at the Malevsky Cup 2005.
The NSL News did not succeed by then to find the minutes of the FAI May meeting and study the official version of what happened in Lausanne on Friday, 20 May 2005. Fact is that the FAI's Air Sport General Commission (CASI) had practically voted against Pete Allum's eligibility and that Italy had officially filed an appeal against this decision a short time later.
In the meantime, the minutes of the May meeting had also been posted at the FAI/IPC website and covered the specific issue and the decision in short words. The minutes did not offer any new information:
The agenda for the CASI Plenary Meeting that was held at the Aero Club de France in Paris on Tuesday October 11th, 2005 at 9:00 am included a more comprehensive explanation of the rule situation and the eligibility case in question. The agenda for this week's meeting also includes a new language for the eligibility rule that would allow Pete Allum to compete for Italy in 2006 and clarify the time frame for all other air sports:
Several interested readers remembered that it was about time to hear more about the final verdict and asked for up-to-date information. Thus, the NSL News tried to find out what is currently happening in Paris and could not get any answers so far. However, it can only be a matter of hours until this information will be available since the meeting should already be over by now. The latest FAI/IPC news will be posted as soon as possible.