EBL Qualifier: Statement from President of the French Bridge Federation

We are now aware of the various statements made by the Italian Federation, the EBL and other NBOs on the course of the « EBL Online European Qualifier ».

The events that have just taken place are serious. They require a debate between us, the European NBOs.

Therefore it is paramount that we meet promptly.

Our part is to develop our game by giving it a framework respecting the fundamental rules, sport ethics and deontological principles applicable to the various actors.

It is also of our duty to protect our “Elite” as well as all passionate players. We will not solve any problem arisen during this competition through media and social networks.

We call on the International Bridge Community to show great restraint and to respect rules and regulations that we have built, all together.

We call on our International Authorities to take into account the current events and translate them into appropriate measures to avoid the failure of the next World Championships. We remain available to participate or lead any discussion on how to solve the dysfunctions together with EBL and WBF.

Franck Riehm

President of the French Bridge Federation

August 27th, 2021

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