Only NBOs participating in the World Bridge Games are eligible to qualify to participate in the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup Championships held in either of the two subsequent odd-numbered years.
In each case, an Open Team or at least one Open Pair must participate in the Games in order to be eligible for the Bermuda Bowl and a Women’s Team or at least one Women’s Pair must participate to be eligible for the Venice Cup. There is no such criteria for the d’Orsi Seniors Bowl.
The regulation regarding the age of players in Youth events was definitively adopted in San Paolo 2009 and confirmed in Philadelphia 2010 by the Executive Council, and has been in force since January 1st 2011.
On 25th September 2018 in Orlando the Executive Council decided to change the names of the Youth Categories to simply reflect their ages: from Juniors, Girls, Youngster & Kids to Under 26 Men, Under 26 Women, Under 21 and Under 16.
As stated in section 4.2 of the Eligibility Code, “players competing in Under 26 Men and Women events must not have achieved their 25th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place. In the case of special events (e.g. for younger players or University events) the Supplementary Conditions of Contest shall detail the age requirements. Players competing in Under 21 events must not have achieved their 20th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place. Players in Under 16 events must not have achieved their 15th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place.”
In order to participate in WBF Senior Championships and events, players must reach the age of 65** during the calendar year of the event in question. But see the timescale below for the implementation of this revised regulation:
** 19 August 2017 : The WBF Executive Council decided to raise the age requirement for Senior players to 65 over the next 8 years in accordance with the following schedule:
- Thus from 1st January 2018, a Senior player must be aged 61 in the year of the Championship in which he is going to play
- On 1st January 2020 this will be raised to 62 years of age
- On 1st January 2022 it will be raised to 63 years of age
- On 1st January 2024 it will be raised to 64 years of age
- On 1st January 2026 it will be raised to 65 years of age
To be allowed to participate, the players must be members (not necessarily nationals) of the Federation – NBO – through which they enter (it is recognized that players may be members of more than one NBO and so may choose enter through whichever one is convenient to him or her).
Thus an NBO can enter a pair or a team composed of players who are not nationals of that country; it is sufficient that they are registered members within that NBO. In this case, authorization from the players’ National Federation will also be sought by the WBF.
In exceptional circumstances, where a country is unable to enter a full team or even a pair from their own country, the Zone may submit an entry for a Zonal team or pair.
Participation in this event by a player representing an NBO of which he is a member, or a temporary member, will not affect his or her eligibility to represent the country of which he is a National in a future World Teams or Pairs Championship.