FAI World Air Games 2022 cancelled pending overall review

The next edition of the World Air Games, scheduled to be held in Turkey in the autumn of 2022, has been cancelled, as the FAI say they will review the event’s format.

The Turkish Aeronautical Association, who successfully bid to host the 2022 Games, asked the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) to postpone the event until 2025 due to “the current difficult economic situation in Turkey”, according to an FAI news release. However, the FAI and the Air Sports Commission President decided instead to cancel the 2022 Games altogether.

In their statement, the FAI also said that they would undertake an overall review of the event’s concept and format “before deciding on any future edition of the Games”.

FAI President Bob Henderson said: “This has not been an easy decision to make. However it has been taken with all interests at heart and with a long-term and strategic view. The FAI World Air Games is the flagship event of the Federation and, as such, we must make sure that it be held in optimal conditions.”

The World Air Games are the flagship event of the FAI, who are the world governing body of air sports. The Games have previously been hosted by Turkey in 1997, Spain in 2001, Italy in 2009 and, most recently, the United Arab Emirates in 2015. The 2015 Games saw competitions at 7 venues in 19 disciplines, which included racing, aerobatics and precision flying, encompassing drones, parachuting, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, autogyros and paramotors. It also included air displays, headlined by Al Fursan.