Highlights of the 115th FAI General Conference 2021
The 115th FAI Conference was held online from November 9-11, 2021, with a total of 137 attendees representing 50 FAI members.
FAI general conferences are usually held in person, but due to the ongoing pandemic conditions affecting travel, the decision was made to hold the general conference online for the second year in a row. The conference took place over three days with sessions lasting 2.5 to 3 hours per day. The full conference report is expected to be released in early 2022.
The annual FAI awards ceremony took place as usual during the conference. This year, the recipients of the medals and diplomas were announced via a video broadcast live on the FAI website and on social media on the evening of November 9. The video is still available online.
Highlights from the 115th FAI General Conference
- The reports on 2020 finances and 2021 finances (year-to-date) have been well received and the 2022 budget has been approved.
- Three new FAI member countries were welcomed: Georgia, Armenia and Bahrain.
- The FAI Commissions reported on their recent activities, shared their experience in tackling issues arising from the pandemic and outlined new initiatives and areas of development as well as highlights of their sporting calendars for 2022 and beyond. .
- The concept of updating codes of ethics and discipline initiated by the FAI General Air Sports Commission (CASI) has been approved for development and eventual integration from January 2023.
- Recognition that Category 1 events that can be hosted in 2021 have seen good levels of participation and have been successful despite widespread travel restrictions due to Covid-19.
- Future general conferences were discussed, with a decision on the 2022 GC due by May 2022, and the vote for the 2023 conference venue approved for Dayton, Ohio, United States.
FAI President David Monks thanked delegates for a “constructive and fruitful conference” and commented:
“This conference has shown us all that the FAI in 2021 has become a true collaboration in the management of our organization and it was a pleasure to see that our joint efforts resulted in what we have set for ourselves. We are all hoping for a return to a normal sporting calendar and the FAI is well prepared for 2022. “