Bridge seeks recognition from all sports organizations that are connected with the Olympic movement.
Because of its recognition by the IOC, bridge is a member of the Association of the IOC-Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF).
At its meeting of 28 October 2000, held in Monaco, the Assembly of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) recognized bridge without any opposition. GAISF includes Olympic and non-Olympic sports.
On 18 November 2000, bridge was introduced to the 29th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), convened in Warsaw, Poland. A 10-minute audio-visual presentation by WBF President José Damiani was well received by some 150 delegates of the 48 EOC member countries. At the end of the presentation, EOC President Jacques Rogge wished that bridge be welcomed by the European Olympic Committees. (Click here to see the presentation.)
To demonstrate what bridge is about, a competition was arranged in Warsaw, along the lines of the IOC Grand Prix. The EOC Bridge Tournament, was organized by the European Bridge League and the Polish Bridge Union, under the patronage of the EOC. It was visited by EOC President Jacques Rogge (now IOC President) and EOC Secretary Mario Pescante (now EOC President).
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