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WORLD TEAM OLYMPIAD

 

The World Team Olympiad, inaugurated in 1960, was the first competition to be set up by the WBF itself; the Bermuda Bowl already being well established when the WBF was founded in 1958.

Harold S. Vanderbilt , the inventor of modern bridge scoring, endowed the new event with a handsome cup, the Vanderbilt Trophy . His generosity continues to provide replicas for each member of the winning team.

The first Olympiad was held in 1960 in Turin , Italy and from the second in 1964, the two events (Open & Women) have practically the same format as in nowadays. A third series, reserved for senior players (55 or older) was introduced in 2000.

Every member country of the WBF is entitled to participate with one representative (national) team in each of the three series of the competition. Following the fashion of the Olympic Games, the World Team Olympiad is held on leap years only.

In 2008, the World Team Olympiad was incorporated in the World Mind Sports Games, under the new title World Bridge Games.

WORLD TEAM OLYMPIAD TO DATE
Year
Event
Venue
Winners
Open
Women
Seniors
2004 12 Istanbul, Turkey ITALY  RUSSIA  USA 
2000 11 Maastricht, Netherlands ITALY  USA  USA 
1996 10 Rhodes, Greece FRANCE  USA   
1992 9 Salsomaggiore, Italy FRANCE  AUSTRIA   
1988 8 Venice, Italy USA  DENMARK   
1984 7 Seattle, U.S.A. POLAND  USA   
1980 6 Valkenburg, Netherlands FRANCE  USA   
1976 5 Monte Carlo, Monaco BRAZIL  ITALY   
1972 4 Miami Beach, U.S.A. ITALY  ITALY   
1968 3 Deauville, France ITALY  SWEDEN   
1964 2 New York, U.S.A. ITALY  GREAT BRITAIN   
1960 1 Turin, Italy FRANCE  UNITED ARAB REPUBLICS   

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