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Hopes And Guards Up

U.S. Indoor Skydiving, the governing body for skydiving indoors in the United States, keeps everyone's hopes up by tentatively announcing the 2020 Open National Championships of Freestyle and Dynamic Flying to take place at iFLY Virginia Beach from 5 to 7 November. To start it all off, USIS asks prospective participants to answer six questions in a survey. Some address SARS-CoV-2.

2020 USIS Open National Championships were held back in January already, at iFLY in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They served to determine the members of the U.S. Team for the FAI World Cup in Charleroi, BEL, an event scheduled for April but later cancelled due to the restrictions imposed worldwide in face of the COVID-19 threat.

Very recently, USIS posted a message on Facebook, announcing its ambitious plan to "potentially" organize the 2020 Open Nationally Championships in Freestyle and Dynamic at iFLY Virginia Beach from 5 to 7 November. They would serve as the qualifier for the 2021 FAI World Championships scheduled to take place in April in Liptovský Mikuláš, SVK.

There is no saying whether the championships will actually happen or not. Fact is that iFLY Virginia Beach has reopened in early June after its shutdown due to COVID-19 and is currently operating under the terms of a strict protocol, with a series of measures implemented against the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

The approach taken by USIS and iFLY Virginia seems sensible in every respect. Keeping the hopes up while not letting the guards down is the only way to proceed in times as these.

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