The American Go Foundation is sponsoring two Latin American Youth teams to visit the 2020 US Go Congress. The first team is chosen out from the winner of the 2019 Orion Tournament, an online team match organised by the ‘Asociación de Go Latino Juvenil‘ and supported by the Ibero American Go Federation, FIG. The second team comes from a recently approved sponsorship which is intended to broaden the spectrum of Latin American youth players to visit the US Go Congress.
For the first team, the winner of the 2019 Orion tournament turned to be Mexico’s ‘Escuela Primaria Anexa’. The three team members as well as a team leader have their airfare and congress participation costs covered.
For the second team, Chile was appointed by the Ibero American Go Federation to build up the team. According to FIG, if this kind of sponsorship keeps continuing, each year a different country will be chosen to participate. Airfare costs for a team leader and up to four children will be covered.
The US Go Congress will take place in the YMCA of the Rockies, Colorado, from July 17 to 23. There, the children will have the chance to play in the US Open as well as participate in lectures by professionals or one of the many side tournaments, such as the Pair go and the Lightning go.
There’s no doubt that this is a great opportunity for cultural exchange and to make new friends through playing go!
Report by Emil García