Large efforts were needed to make the vaccine available throughout the world and deliver it to those in need. The establishment of effective networks of health workers „in the field“, their education and the establishment of infrastructural resources were the key to success. Ongoing efforts will be necessary to maintain the achieved successes and extend them to complete eradication of polio everywhere on earth. We are very close to eliminating this viral disease for good!The eradication campaign to „End Polio Now“ is actively supported by the NGO Rotary International. In one club in Germany (Rotary Club Schweich Römische Weinstrasse), we had the idea to organize an international Go tournament to support „End Polio Now“. This project combines peaceful international collaboration in a cultural event in full accord with the ideas of Rotary International and the support for the polio eradication campaign.
The initiators were exceedingly fortunate in gaining the support of the Confucius-Institute of the University of Trier, Germany, which joined the project as an official co-organizer, the German Go Federation (DGoB) and the support of the European Go professionals Guo Juan and Mateusz Surma.
We would be delighted if as many international go-players as possible join the tournament to enjoy inspiring matches, to meet international friends and to help „End Polio Now“.The tournament will start on 16 January, 2021. All participation fees go to 100% to “End Polio Now”. All prizes are donated by our sponsors. We play 5 rounds McMahon system, spread out over two months. There will be a special competition for city teams, so forward this information to your Go friends to get a team together for your city!
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This article was written by Dr. Christoph Klawe
Profession: neurologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist
EGF rank: 2d
Started playing go: 1981