Antonio Marchesi, Spain Alternate Delegate
4.3.2 For a world or continental championship to be valid there must be competitors from no less than 4
countries in a class, ready to fly the first task, and must start a minimum of one task.
(Note to new text: figures are written in letters instead of numbers as to strikethrough the number 4 is confusing for obvious reasons)
This has been applied in the last World Championships, it was suggested by organizers and carried by the CIMA Bureau. The fact is that some classes are close to the minimum number of competitors (now 4) and the 4 countries demand pushes the challenge of having those classes valid towards impossible. Reasons in favour of this proposal are:
- The 4 countries demand doesn´t contribute to a better competitive level, as our contest is in principal an individual competition, team prizes are complementary.
- The minimun number of competitors remain the same.
- If any country feels that only 2 countries applying for 3 medals is unfair, it has a simple solution: please, bring competitors to the class. The current rule solves this possible unfair feeling by blocking the class. This proposal keeps the class on and it gives a opportunity of promotion to those classes. There´s not better promotion that competitors winning medals.
- The classes affected are not only microlight AL1, WL1, GL1, solo classes with a descending number of competitors year by year. There are too pretty new classes as GL2 in microlight and PF2 and PF1f in paramotors with a good potential future but their growth could be affected by cancellations. These classes are growing fast in only a few countries and if there are valid championships we can expect that other competitors from other countries will join the class.