Sochi IX: Russian President Igor Ekert!!

Regular readers will know that I have been re-posting articles originally written during the Russian Inaugural in May of 2011 which saw 40 North American Shufflers and 12 German Shufflers participate in the European Open.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIgor Ekert was the Russian Contact for that wonderful 2011 event.  See pic of Winners & Igor on left.  IMG_2150

Russia, during the 32nd ISA World Championship Event in St Petersburg FL, in October of 2013, was formally accepted into the ISA.  Igor Ekert, Russian Shuffleboard President is shown accepting the Certificate of Membership from President Michael Zellner.  Russia is expected to have a Team at the 33rd ISA in Midland, ON.

Click ON LINK BELOW to see some pix of ISA President Michael visiting Russia, and to follow the “story” of Russia joining the ISA. https://theshuffler.net/2013/07/12/igor-ekert-is-endorsed-and-supported-as-rsassn-president/

Remember this sentiment by Shirley Bryan, expressed in an earlier article???  https://theshuffler.net/2014/01/26/sochi-vi-sochi-was-such-a-huge-success-by-shirley-bryan-now-comes-the-truth/  

Everyone played nearly all day both days, and between games, enjoyed watching others playing. The spirit of friendship among players was evident on all of the six courts. Laughter, praise and chatter was heard in every corner of the gymnasium. Spectators clapped to acknowledge all good shots.
Each of the 48 participants in the tournament came home a winner – having made new friends and shared new experiences with Russians, Americans, Germans and Canadians. It was an experience of a lifetime for Charlie and myself and we sincerely thank Beth and Jim Allen and Dieter and Birgitt Hussmann for the opportunity to attend an “inaugural”. Because of their hard work and help to each member of the group – Sochi was a huge success!    Here is a slide show to demonstrate exactly what Shirley expressed:  http://photopeach.com/album/yq9x41 

Stan McCormack.  2014 01 30

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