The tug of war family recently celebrated its World Annual Congress in the beautiful Swedish city of Malmo.The location was deliberately chosen as it also happens to be the venue for next year’s World Outdoor Championships.
Approximately twenty member countries assembled for both the Seminar, on Friday, and the Congress on Saturday.There were several new faces from established members and Sierra Leone was represented at their very first Congress, receiving a warm welcome in the process.
The Seminar featured two interesting presentations.The first was delivered by Lilita Mukina and dealt with a European project led by Latvia, involving a number of other countries in that region, and incorporating tug of war in a multi-disciplinary context. Part funding has been obtained from the European Union and Latvia was congratulated for the initiative and hard work involved.
Anton Rabe acted as facilitator for the second topic which examined the possible alternative means of obtaining host cities/venues for major TWIF championships.A wide ranging discussion took place which provided much food for thought.
A significant part of the day was devoted to presentations made by those countries tendering for future championships.There were no less than seven presentations, each compiled and delivered in a most professional manner. Overall I don’t think I have ever seen a higher standard and congratulations must go to all those responsible whether they were successful or not.It is very encouraging to witness such motivation and organisation from within our members.When the voting eventually took place the winners were as follows;
2018 World IndoorsChina.
2019 European OutdoorsIreland.
2020 World OutdoorsBasque Country.
Many countries will now look forward to a full season of competition leading to the European Championships in Northern Ireland later in the Summer.
May you all enjoy a competitive and enjoyable season.