Judy Kay-Wolff

Breaking News We Have Been Hoping For!

The following series of corrrespondence (in reverse order) will inform you of what persistence can achieve… meaning Try, Try and Try Again!

September 27th

Dear Gianarrigo,

Sincere congratulations for allowing bridge to gain entry into the Asian Games in 2020.

This could very well be the great opportunity our sensational game has needed and your work in getting it done is monumental. All of your many admirers, including Bridge itself, rise as one, in support of your colossal achievement.

Your great friends,
Bobby and Judy Wolff

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:24 AM, (from Alvin Levy)

Great news. Kudos to Gianarrigo and all who made this happen. This may help in our pursuit of a future Olympic Games acceptance.

Best regards,

On Sep 27, 2016, at 4:54 AM, (from WBF President)

Dear Friends,

Great News: Bridge has been admitted at the 2018 Asian Games. Hereunder the info BR received from Bambang and attached the news to be publish on the web.

It’s a great day for Bridge!

In abbraccio

World Bridge Federation
Gianarrigo Rona

Subject: RE: Bridge in Asian Games
From: Michael Bambang Hartono
Date: Monday, 26/09/2016 7:38 AM

Dear all,

At last, the big news we all had been waiting for, realized last night, September 25 2016.

In a decision made by the General Assembly of OCA in Da Nang Vietnam, Bridge was finally included to be competed in the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia.

I will take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continuos support and effort to make this possible.

Especially I would like to mention the “Arm Twisting” effort of our WBF President to all Zone 4 and Zone 6 members that if we fail this time, there will be no more chance in the future “It is now or never” he said.

I would like to remind Nakatani your promise after bridge was accepted in ASIAN Games to include (try) Bridge to be competed in the Olympics in Tokyo Japan 2020.

I also like to remind all Zone 4 and Zone 6 members of their promise to send their teams to participate on this event.

Sincerely Yours,
Michael Bambang Hartono
President SEAB


Mac KennedySeptember 29th, 2016 at 5:52 pm

In the Winter Olympics they have an event called the Nordic Combined where each nation will enter a team of four athletes. All four skiers will make two jumps off the normal hill on the first day. Each team will get a ranking based on the aggregate score of their eight jumps. The same athletes who jumped compete in a 4 x 5-km relay race the following day. I would like to see a Winter Olympic event called the Canadian Combined which combines bridge and curling.

Judy Kay-WolffSeptember 30th, 2016 at 5:12 am

Wow, Mac!

You are so well informed in that area. I am ashamed to admit .. that I don’t stray far from the bridge table.

The attempt to get our great sport officially into the school systems has failed for years. Thank heavens it is finally coming to fruition and the Olympics will bring more attention to it. I don’t know if many are aware .. but it was my Bobby who was instrumental in promoting it in China in 1993 and was approved by those in command with assurance that we would provide teaching assistance. But .. everyone tried to get into the act (politics, greed, etc.) and the process was abandoned for about a decade. Now, I am happy to say that 200,000,000 children are learning bridge in the primary schools in China as well as other European countries.

The Olympics should be a positive step forward .. toward getting bridge into the schools universally. Slow progress .. but certainly worth the effort!

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