IGF National Federation Membership holds virtual biennial meeting

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IGF National Federation Membership holds virtual biennial meeting

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (October 23, 2020) – Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IGF held its Biennial Meeting Tuesday in a “virtual” format. The meeting originally was scheduled to be held in Singapore during the 2020 World Amateur Team Championships. However, with the cancellation of the event due to the pandemic, the gathering of the IGF’s membership was still conducted virtually due to the importance of decision-making that continues to have a positive impact on the sport’s future. 116 participants from 75 members attended the meeting.

Following a detailed update from the French Golf Federation on planning for the 2022 World Amateur Team Championships, the meeting featured the election of the Emirates Golf Federation as host of the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships. This election was closely contested by the Singapore Golf Association with the voting being 53 votes for Emirates Golf Federation and 50 votes for Singapore Golf Association. The International Golf Federation expressed its deepest appreciation and thanks to the Singapore Golf Association for its bid to host the event. Both the Administrative Committee and Bid Panel stated their admiration of the quality and detail of both bids and appreciated the fair manner in which both candidates conducted themselves throughout the process. Congratulations were passed on to the Emirates Golf Federation for their successful bid and that the IGF looks forward to working in partnership with the Federation to deliver a great event and experience for the athletes and participants in 2023.

The membership also approved Administrative Committee nominations to the IGF Board of Ms. Nobuko Hirayama, from the Japan Golf Association, and Ms, Claudia Garduño, IGF Women’s Chair and representative from Mexican Golf Federation. The meeting acknowledged Mr. Sidney Wolf’s (Puerto Rico Golf Association) four-year service and contribution to the IGF Board.

In addition, the meeting ratified the Administrative Committee proposal for the following National Federations to appoint members of the Administrative Committee for 2020-2022:

Asia Pacific Zone

  • Australia
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Korea

American Zone

  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Puerto Rico

European Africa Zone

  • Finland
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • South Africa

At the closure of the meeting, the Chairman, Mr Ian Pattinson, noted that IGF President, Peter Dawson, will not stand for reappointment by the Board at the end of 2020 and took the opportunity to thank and acknowledge his service, not only during his ten years as the IGF President, but for his years of leadership and guidance in the world of golf before and during his time as Chief Executive of The R&A.

About the International Golf Federation

The IGF is composed of 151 Member Federations, from 146 countries, representing more than 60 million people who play golf. All national golf federations affiliated to the IGF are being included in the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of their countries. The IGF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the international federation for golf. In addition to the World Amateur Team Championships, the IGF also organizes the golf competitions at the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.

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