During the meeting held on April 29, 2021, the President of the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB) announced the followings:
“If International Championships for National Teams are held in 2021, the National Team will be selected as per 2020 arrangements.
For the Open Team, players informally selected by the late Maria Teresa Lavazza have been invited to confirm their availability. At the moment only Lauria & Versace and Madala & Duboin have agreed (not Bocchi and Sementa).
If tournaments are held in 2021 we will decide whether and how to select another pair”.
At the time of writing we do not know the rationale behind Bocchi and Sementa’s decision. It is likely that Norberto Bocchi is planning to represent Spain, where he has been living for years with his family.