Italian Trials: RECAP

On the 3rd of  August 2021, the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB – Federazione Italiana Gioco Bridge) announced the Trials for the selection of the team that will participate in the 45th World 2021 Bridge Team Championships – Open Teams, Bermuda Bowl (Salsomaggiore Terme, 27 March – 9 April 2022).

On the 1st of September, 2021 the Italian Federation posted the list of participating teams. The Italian Federation announced that participation in the Italian Trials will in be subject to the approval of the FIGB Credentials Committee. Mr Bortoletti (captain) sent a letter to Italian Federation.

The FIGB (Italian Federation) Credential Committee met on 2nd and 5th September to assess the teams’ registrations for the World Championships selection. The Credential Committee did not find any eligibility issues. However, the Committee has not allowed team BORTOLETI to play because in case of victory there would have been unsurmountable issues for the open team. The Decision of Credential Commitee was released on the 6th of September.

On the 6th of September, 2021 Carlo Bortoletti (captain) filed a letter to Italian Federation: “If the Committee does not immediately review its arbitrary decision to exclude my team, I will for sure get the lawyers on the case”.

On the 9th of September, 2021 the six players fielded in Bortoletti’s team filed an appeal to the Federal Tribunal.

The first hearing of Federal Tribunal was held on the 15th of September : The Tribunal ordered that Bortoletti’s team be readmitted as a precautionary measure.

The first phase of the Italian Trials started on the 16th of September 2021.

The second hearing of Federal Tribunal will be held on the 5th of October 2021.

The second phase of the Italian Trials will be held on October (14-17).


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