Neverending story. Mr Francesco Angelini appealed to the National Court of Arbitration for Sport (CONI – Italian Olympic Committee) against the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB). The dispute concerns the well-known story of the Italian Championships 2010: By order issued by CNG (National Tournament Committee) on November 30, 2010 the Angelini Team was disqualified because there were three Norwegian players without residential requirements: Geir Helgemo, Tor Helness and Boye Brogeland.
The final phases of the tournament took place in Bologna from 23 to 26 September last year. Angelini with the Norwegians in tow, reached the finals where they lost from the Allegra Team (Lavazza) of Turin. The championships came to an end in the normal way with the award ceremony and the ritual photo shoot. So Lavazza was the winner and Angelini became second. Varese team was in third place. But because of the subsequent disqualification of Angelini marked by the National Tournament Committee (CNG), the results were updated by default and Varese reached second place. Consequently Mr. Giancarlo Bernasconi, Vice-President of the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB), awarded Varese for second place on February 27, 2011.
Mr Angelini, however, has submitted a formal complaint to the National Court of Arbitration for Sport of CONI (Italian Olympic Committee). The first hearing was held on June 14, 2011. The Court has previously made an attempt at conciliation. Mr Angelini proposed a change in federal rules that equates the Community or European players with Italian citizens. Italian Federation (FIGB) now has until next July 15 to provide its response to the Court.
source: Italian Olympic Committee