10 April 2002 - Media Relations Officer: Håkan Sundström, firstname.lastname@example.org
Only one change on the Executive Board
There was only one change on the Executive Board when the General Assembly of the World Curling Federation today took place at Holiday Inn Hotel in Bismarck. Hiro Saito of Japan was elected and he will replace Bruno Schallberger of Switzerland. But Mr. Saito is no newcomer to the WCF Executives. He served on the board until the annual meeting in Glasgow two years ago.
Roy Sinclair of Scotland was reelected as president without any competitor. So was the Vice President Les Harrison of Canada and the Director of Finance, Denis Fox of USA.
Tove Porskjaer of Denmark was also reelected as the only female of the Executive Board.
For the remaining three seats as members at large, there were six men competing. Per Näsman, Sweden, Bruno Schallberger, Switzerland and Kristian Sørum, Norway who all were elected in 2000, James Oastler, Australia Olli Rissanen, Finland and Hiro Saito, Japan
After a long procedure with many rounds of balloting, Kristian Sørum, Hiro Saito and Per Näsman, were elected members of the Executive Board.
There were reports from venues that already have been appointed hosts for the World Championships. Bismarck, for 2002, Winnipeg, Canada for 2003 and Gävle, Sweden for 2004.
There was also a report from a delegation from Lowell, Massachusetts, USA with a bid for the WCC in 2006.
At the end of the meeting, Lowell was approved as the site for the 2006 World Championships. The WCC 2005 will take place somewhere in Canada. The site is to be determined later.
The President Roy Sinclair also reported that the WCF had received some letters of interest for future WCC from Korea and Lillehammer in Norway.
WCF to support the Junior B and World Seniors Championships
The WCF Executive had earlier decided to give financial support to the teams playing at the World B Junior Championships to encourage the development of youth curling.
After motions from the Canadian Curling Association, the General Assembly also decided that the WCF shall give financial support to the nations that send teams to the World Seniors Championships, starting next year in Winnipeg. Also the host committee of future World Seniors shall get financial aid from the WCF.
China new nation
The General Assembly lastly approved the membership of the Chinese Curling Association.
Many development projects
The Programmes & Services Committee had earlier at the open WCF meetings given a detailed report about projects to which the WCF is giving support. National associations with approved projects can get interest free loans on a 10 year basis. These are meant primarily for financing facilities, buying stones and other equipment, or for development officers.
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