On December 9, as the tension of the first day of the event was rising, a meeting of the heads of the three go associations of Japan, China and Korea was held. In the afternoon of the same day, a special IGF board meeting also took place.
Here is a brief list of topics discussed at the special board meeting:
– A pilot project of the Ibero-American Go Federation regarding the promotion of go in Venezuela schools and a plan from the AGA for an international go symposium have been approved and will now be submitted to IMSA for funding.
– The Ing Foundation has announced that it will apply to become a new Association Member of the IGF. Mr. Ying Minghaw, president of the Ing Foundation, will be a candidate at the next election for the position of Director-at-Large of the IGF.
– The 33rd World Amateur Go Championship will be held at the Guangzhou Qiyuan, Guangzhou, China, from May 11 until May 18 (same venue as the 2011 Asian Games). The 34th WAGC will be held in Japan, place and date to be decided.
– The Brunei application to become a member of IGF has been accepted and will be submitted to the next General Meeting for approval.
– Preparations for the next SportAccord World Mind Games have already begun. The World Mind Games will be held in Beijing for the next four years.
– Very good news was reported by Mr. Thomas Hsiang, Vice President of the IGF and AGA: a professional go organization will be established in U.S.A. next year.