The Australian Bridge Federation has won
the right to hold the 2005 World Youth Team Championship [WYTC] which
will take place in August 2005 at Sydney Olympic Park.
Eighteen international teams will take part
in this prestigious event with under 26 year old players coming from
Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia as well as Australia
and New Zealand.
WYTC are held every two years and were
first held in 1987 in Amsterdam. Italy, Great Britain and the USA each
have two wins while Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have one each.
Mr. David Stern of the Australian Bridge
Federation says "Sydney has 70 of the 325 registered clubs throughout
Australia so it was a logical choice for this World Championship". Also,
the acceptance of bridge by the International Olympic Committee as a
sport made the Sydney Olympic precinct a favourite with the Australian
and World Bridge Federations.
Australia will hold their selection trials
in Canberra in January 2005 where it is expected that more than 100
players of varying standards will battle for a spot on the 6 person
Australian team. With the growing number of talented under 25 bridge
players in Australia the competition promises to be very fierce and
Australia stands a very good chance of doing extremely well in the World
Through participation in online bridge
games, Australia boasts a growing community of young players all around
the country. Gone are the days of bridge being perceived as an old
people's game. Unlike most other competitive sports, players of all
standards compete in open competitions with some of the best players in
the world so our representative youth players often practice with our
open representatives and thereby fine tune their skills.
With young players such as Agustin Madala
of Argentina and Gavin Wolpert and Vince Demuy who have played in their
National open teams, the Bello brothers from Italy and Joel Woodridge of
the USA we expect to see a standard of competition rarely seen in
Bridge is the ultimate mind sport. It
stimulates the logical side of the mind and according to recent research
by Stanford University, reduces later risks of Alzheimer's disease.
While bridge is a serious international
game it transcends language and cultural barriers to bring together
promising players from all parts of the world.
"Some of the world's most intriguing
personalities are bridge devotees and include people such as Bill Gates,
Warren Buffet, George Burns and Omar Sharif.
The WBF is a member of the International
Olympic Committee (IOC), the Association of IOC Recognized International
Bridge Federations (ARISF) and the General Association of International
Sport Federations (GAISF). Although a non-Olympic sport in the same
category as Rugby, Chess, Golf, bridge intends to pursue the goal of
being part of a new event "Intelimpic" together with the other mind and
Mr. Panos Gerontopoulos of the World Bridge
Federation says the goal of the Olympic movement is to contribute to the
building of a peaceful and better world.
"By educating people through sport
practised without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit
requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity
and fair play. The WBF, now an integral part of the Olympic Movement,
will continue to strive for the attainment of the above goal, thereby
bringing the great sport of bridge at the same level with those sports
already admitted in the Olympic Games."
For further information or interviews with
Mr. David Stern, please call 04-1111-1655
Dates 8th to 17th August 2005
Sydney Showground Members Facilities
Accommodation Accor Ibis and
World Bridge Federation www.worldbridge.org
Jose Damiani email@example.com
Youth Chairman Panos Gerontopoulos
Bridge Federation www.abf.com.au
President Keith McDonald