The 3rd I O C Grand Prix Generali Trophy
Will be organized at the
Olympic Museum Lausanne - Switzerland
Under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee and the World Bridge Federation
From Monday, 30th October 2000 To Friday, 3rd November 2000


A BATTLE OF TITANS


Will celebrate at the same time the 75th anniversary of the birth of the Duplicate Contract Bridge created by Harold Vanderbilt on the 1st November 1925.

Six countries - China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Poland and USA - are invited to participate in this contest. France and Poland are both past winners of the World Bridge Teams Olympiad, Italy being the 2000 holder, USA the 2000 Bermuda Bowl holder, China the first winner of the IOC Grand Prix and Indonesia who will be the host of the next 2001 Bermuda Bowl/Venice Cup and World Transnational OpenTeam.

There will be a round robin of 5 matches of 24 boards, qualifying four teams for a semi-final and a final between the winners, with a play off between the losers.

On Thursday and Friday a Women's match will be organized between a European Team and a North American Team
The Vice President of the I.O.C, Mr. Marc Hodler will present the I.O.C. cups and medals.

The WBF is to stage the IOC Grand Prix every year prior to 2002, when we hope to be present at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City as an attraction and hopefully in Turin 2006 as an official discipline.

This event will be broadcast on internet from the Bridge Vision (Bridge Rama) held in the Museum auditorium where spectators are very much welcome, and you will find all the results, Daily Bulletins, vu-graph and information on:
http://www.bridge.gr | http://www.e-bridgemaster.com

The Generali Group, the Insurer Without Frontiers, one of the most important insurance groups in the world and a long time bridge partner, will be the sponsor of this prestigious event.

We will be pleased to welcome you at any time during that week, and especially for the Opening Ceremony on Monday 30th October at 18h and Prize Giving Ceremony on Friday 3rd November at 18h30 at the Olympic Museum.
Do not hesitate to contact us, if you need any further information.


Press Contact
World Bridge Federation 40, rue Fran¨ois 1er - 75008 Paris (France)
Tel 33 1 53 23 03 15 Fax 33 1 40 70 14 51
Email; cfrancin@worldbridgfed.com


Players:
Open Teams

China - Xueliang Cao/Jianming Dai/Zhong Fu/ Chuancheng Ju/Haojun Shi/Lixin Yang/ Desheng Zhang (Coach)

France - Paul Chemla/Philippe Cronier/Alain Levy/Hervˇ Mouiel/Jean-Christophe Quantin

Indonesia - Henky Lasut/S. Eddy Manoppo/Franky Steven Karwur/Denny J. Sacul

Italy - Norberto Bocchi/Dano de Falco/Giorgio Duboin/Guido Ferraro/Lorenzo Lauria/Alfredo Versace

Poland - Cezary Balicki/Krysztof Jassem/Michal Kwiecen/Jacek Pszczola/Piotr Tusynski/Adam Zmudzinski

U S A - Dick Freeman/Bob Hamman/Jeff Meckstroth/Nick Nickell/Eric Rodwell/Paul Soloway

Women's Teams

Europe - Vˇronique Bessis (Fra)/Catherine D'Ovidio (Fra)/Anne Lill Helleman (Nor)/Anna Malinowski (Nor)/ Pony Nehmert (Ger)/Jet Pasman (Nth)/ Andrea Rauscheid (Ger)/ Anneke Simons (Nth)

U S A - Mildred Breed/Rhoda Habert (Can)/Petra Hamman/Joan Jackson/Robin Klar/Beverly Kraft(Can)/Shawn Quinn/Peggy Sutherlin

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