WCF Freytag Award to Kunio Nando of Japan
Mr. Kunio Nando, former president of the Japan Curling Association, will receive the WCF Freytag Award for 2006. That decision was announced at the semi annual meeting of the World Curling Federation in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
The WCF Freytag Award goes to a person who has contributed to the development of international curling for a long period of years.
Kunio Nando was president of the Japan Curling Association from 1992 to 2000 and was a WCF representative for Japan during that period. In addition to his strong leadership in increasing the number of curlers in the Pacific region all these years, his foremost and most important contribution was the fact that he was instrumental in making it a reality to include curling in the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games as a medal sport.
The International Olympic Committee decided in 1992 that curling should get full medal status from the Olympic games, but not until 2002. But Kunio Nando persuaded the Nagano Olympic Committee, NAOC to accept curling as medal sport already in 1998 in spite of curling not being included when Nagano bid for the Olympic games.
New format for the World Seniors championships
The semi annual assembly approved a proposal from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club to change the format for the World Seniors Championships. Last season and for 2006 in Tårnby, Denmark the best ranked teams play in one group (A) and the lower ranked teams play in the other group (B). From group A the three best teams will reach the semi finals and the fourth semi final team is the winner of the B-group.
Now the Scottish representatives wanted to go back to the previous format where all the competing teams are divided into groups with various ranking. The initial placement of teams will be based on their nations ranking of the previous WSCC. After voting the Scottish proposal got most support and will be in place from 2007.
Mongolia and Georgia
No new member nations were accepted but it was announced that Mongolia and Georgia had sent in applications for membership.
Regarding future World Championships no decisions were made in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. However, Kazakhstan has made a bid for the 2008 World Junior Championships. Östersund in Sweden has sent in a letter of interest for the same event. Östersund was hosting the 1999 WJCC.
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