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International, independent, e-magazine on skydiving, BASE & tunnel

Indoor skydiving in the Olympics??!

Gravity's Dynamic Duo, performing at the recent World Cup in Bahrain  — by Abdullah Minhas
Gravity's Dynamic Duo, performing at the recent World Cup in Bahrain  — by Abdullah Minhas

The French Parachuting Federation (FFP) is leading the drive to have indoor skydiving included in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

After more than a year of work, the FFP - French Parachuting Federation - and its president, David Roth, closely linked to the FAI, officially submitted an application to the organization committee for the Olympic Games, to propose windtunnel flying, through individual or team competitions, to be included in the additional disciplines of the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The bid is supported by iFLY, the World leader in the sector who have built over 75 tunnels and have their flagship facility at La Villette in Paris.

On November 29th, FFP and iFLY will test a new competition format designed to appeal to spectators and TV audiences. In the clear glass tube measuring 4.5 meters in diameter and 14 meters high, 4-way teams will compete against each other and the clock with live judging for immediate results.

Manu Ars, multiple 4-way World Champion said: “Indoor skydiving is an extremely dynamic sport that makes a spectacular show in iFLY’s huge glass tube”.

He added “The benefit of the wind tunnel is that it makes the sport accessible to young people. Not only do we have junior champions, but we are the training ground for skydivers. For the first time, we can open up the sport to people with disabilities and Paralympians”.