It is difficult to believe that another year is already coming to an end.
On the competition front in 2013 we have had two major events. We broke new ground in July when our sport featured as part of the World games in Cali, Colombia. Although we have been ever present participants in World Games this was the first TWIF competition to take place on the South American continent. It almost goes without saying that this was an important landmark for our sport.
In September a very successful European Championships took place n the Netherlands at an excellent venue in Assen which has became well known in tug of war circles.
Unfortunately our colleagues in Asia have been forced to postpone the Asian Indoor Championships, which were due to take place in Thailand, for reasons outside their control. I trust that this event can be rearranged in a suitable timescale.
The TWIF congress in Madison, Wisconsin gave us the opportunity of looking at the venue for the 2014 World Outdoor championships and checking some of the hotels which will be available for occupancy.
A very successful development course for nine Asian countries was held in Bangkok in late April and I was also privileged to attend the Sportaccord Convention in Russia during May.
Let me conclude by wishing all of you in the tug of war family a very restful festive season and a happy and peaceful New Year as we look forward with optimism to the future.
Cathal Mc Keever.