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As we move towards the end of yet another year that has flown past, we can reflect on 2017 and look forward to 2018.

We experienced a very successful European and World U23 and Youth Championship during September in Southport, England. The England Tug of War Association once again proved to be great and competent hosts with good (and ample) food and drink, with excellent pulling ground which once again provided an excellent platform for our athletes to showcase their skills and perform at a very high international standard.

We also look forward with great excitement to the first ever TWIF championship to be held in Asia. The TWIF World Indoor Open and Closed Championship will be held from 7 to 11 March 2018 in the city of Xuzhou in the People’s Republic of China. This will be a great step forward in the ongoing effort of TWIF to grow the global footprint of tug of war sport. Continued engagement between the TWIF Executive and the Chinese officials responsible for the organisation of the event is being maintained in the run-up to the event.

I wish to encourage the TWIF membership to start their planning and reservations for travel and accommodation timeously and to ensure that visa and other travel requirements to China is taken care of well in advance of the event.

Finally – the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics have recently been announced by the IOC recent as being Paris and Los Angeles respectively. This creates yet another opportunity for TWIF and the national tug of war organisations in these countries to engage at various levels with organised structures in our endeavours to unlock opportunities for our sport to be included on the respective programmes. In order to achieve this, we will continue our efforts to grow and develop the sport globally.

In the mean time I wish “tuggers” at all levels within the TWIF family a wonderful and blessed festive season and the New Year that lies ahead.

Best Regards

Anton Rabe