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How it all began .....

I owe a huge apology to Flag FranceFrance - because when I wrote that this was the second mondial I had miscounted - the first MONDIAL was in Vichy, France 1988 and was the brain child of the then French Parachuting Federation President, Bernard Colas.

France had bid to host the Canopy Formations World Championship in Vichy 1988, and because of interest from a TV company the previous World Championships in 1984 in Vichy, it seemed to make sense to Bernard Colas to have an all discipline championship both for the sport, athletes and media coverage. In 1988 the CF World Championlships was combined with Style and Accuracy (as it was known then) and Formation Skydiving, and so became the first Mondial (multiple championships).

This was a passionate belief held by Bernard Colas and the French and they spent the next 10 or so years trying to get the concept of hosting multiple championships (Mondials) into the IPC classification of competition - and again, in 2003, 15 years later, France won their bid to host a Mondial in Gap, France - this time covering 4 disciplines, Style and Accuracy, Formation Skydiving (including the 2nd Female 4-Way event), 2 Artistic Events and Canopy Formations.

Today the mantle has been taken on by the United Arab Emirates - and this Mondial will be the largest ever, covering the most disciplines but the seeds were sown by the French in 1988.

Susan Dixon, 26th November 2012

Switzerland Delegation

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Head of Delegation Marc Siegenthaler
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Sweden Delegations

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Head of Delegation Ronny Modigs
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Formation Skydiving Team Manager Lena Kaulanen
Canopy Formations Team Manager Gunlög Edgren
Artistic Events Team Manager Hella Stening
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Coaches: Robert Jones
Accompanying Persons (Medical / Media) Karin Ringnér
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South Africa Delegation

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Spain Delegation

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Head of Delegation Ivan Coufal
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Slovenia Delegation

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Head of Delegation Blaž Pavlin
Accuracy Landings & Freefall Style Team Manager & Coach Drago Buncič
Formation Skydiving Team Manager Bojan Bergant
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Slovakia Delegation

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Head of Delegation Anna Bigošová
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Singapore Delegation

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Head of Delegation Arnold Low

 

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Russia Delegation

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Head of Delegation & Formation Skydiving Team Manager Vladimir Gazetov
Accuracy Landings & Freefall Style Team Manager Sergey Zinchenko
Canopy Formations Team Manager Alexander Vasilyev
Artistic Events Team Manager Leonty Sukovatsin
Canopy Piloting Team Manager Radik Khamitov
Coaches: Sergey Razomazov
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Vadim Niyazov
Accompanying Persons (Medical / Media) Bernadeta Vasina
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Romania Delegation

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Head of Delegation & Coach Ramiro Nicolau

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Qatar Delegation

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Head of Delegation Fahad Dhafer A.S. Al-Ahbabi
Accuracy Landings & Freefall Style Team Manager Eid Ahmed Y.A. Al-Mutawah
Formation Skydiving Team Manager Isameldin Abdulmutaal Elsayed
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Accompanying Persons (Medical / Media) Hatim Hussein Elhakiem
Mamdouh Abdel -Salam Adawy

 

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