A SUCCESSFUL CONGRESS.
Almost twenty countries assembled at the beautiful city of Madison, Wisconsin, during the last week of April for the 2013 TWIF Annual Congress.
The event was hosted by the United States Tug of War Association and Shelby Richardson and her team did everything possible to provide excellent facilities for the visitors plus the warm hospitality which we have always received.
The TWIF Executive met on Thursday and that was followed on Friday morning by a very useful seminar. The core topic on this occasion was Anti-Doping and we had an excellent speaker in the person of Jennifer Dodd. Jennifer is Education Manager for the U.S. Anti Doping Agency and she covered a wide range of issues which are important and relevant for all our athletes and Associations.
In the afternoon we were given the opportunity of inspecting the arena which will be used for the 2014 World Outdoor Championships. There was also a tour of some of the hotels which will be used by those attending these championships.
The Congress took place at the Sheraton Hotel on Saturday and this year we had quite a few people attending their first such event. It was also the first time that our member, Nigeria, had ever been represented and a warm welcome was extended by delegates to their President, Mr. Anthony Oyetayo.
Detailed reports were given by members of the Executive as well as by the various Commissions with the opportunity for questions and discussions.
As usual the proposals engendered much debate but the latter was invariably constructive. At the conclusion it was quite remarkable that not a single one of the proposals was actually approved. That must be rather an unusual statistic.
My thanks are due once again to our American hosts for their hospitality and to all those in attendance who made this Congress such a successful and harmonious event.
Cathal Mc keever.
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