(from left to right): Campos, Branco, Villas-Boas, Chagas
China (from left to right): Xu, Hu, Wang,
Zhuang, Shi, Dai
After one of the most dramatic finals in the history of bridge, Brazil and China
tied in the Grand Prix competition organised by the International Olympic
The Grand Prix started on Monday 7
September 1998 with 6 countries participating: the Bridge Olympiad winners
France, Italy, USA, Poland, Brazil and Far
East winners China. The format was a simple
Round Robin of 24-board matches which was concluded in 3 days. The top
two teams, Brazil and China, advanced to the 72-board final.
In June 1995 the World Bridge
Federation became a member of the Olympic family as a
recognized international organization.
Since then, following
succesive visits by Marc Hodler, the IOC
First Vice President, to the World Championships in
Beijing, Rhodes and
Hammamet, a lot has been achieved towards WBF's
acceptance as an international sports federation.
Bridge is planned to be part of the Winter Olympic Games. An important step
forward in this direction was the organization of the International Olympic Committee Grand Prix
which was requested, and presided over, by Juan
Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic