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Qualification for the Bermuda Bowl & Venice Cup

The document below was published in the Supplemental Conditions of Contest from the World Team Olympiad in Maastricht, 2000. It details the qualification regulations for the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup.

At a Meeting of the Executive Council held in Maastricht, it was agreed that countries who had missed the opportunity to qualify for the Bermuda Bowl or Venice Cup at the Olympiad in Maastricht should be given an opportunity to qualify by having either one team or two pairs participating in either the Rosenblum Teams or the World Open Pairs (Bermuda Bowl) or the McConnell Teams or the World Women’s Pairs (Venice Cup)

Appendix B from the Supplemental Conditions of Contest, Maastricht 2000
Format For Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup After 1995
1
Participation will include at least one (1) NBO team from each functioning WBF Zone plus one (1) NBO team from the host country
2
A Zone whose NBO registered membership is fewer than 100,000 can send one (1) team, but see 8. below
3
A Zone whose NBO registered membership is between 100,000 and 250,000 can send two (2) teams, but see 8. and 9. below
4
A Zone whose NBO registered membership is in excess of 250,000 can send three (3) teams, but see 8. below
5
A Zone may send only one (1) team from an individual NBO, except that up to two (2) teams may be sent from an NBO whose membership exceeds 150,000
6
A Zone may only send teams comprised wholly of members of an individual NBO.
7
A Zone may only send teams from NBOs which participated in the immediately previous World Teams Olympiad. In order to participate in the Bermuda Bowl, the NBO in question must have participated in the Open Teams Olympiad; to participate in the Venice Cup, the NBO must have had a team participating in the Women's Teams Olympiad
8
In addition to the number of teams set forth in 2, 3 and 4 above, a Zone may send one (1) more team if that Zone has placed at least the number of teams to be sent in the top 1/2 of their respective round-robins in the immediately previous World Team Olympiad. [Example: A Zone falling in 2. above would have to place at least two (2) teams in the top 1/2 of the Bermuda Bowl round-robin of the immediately previous World Team Olympiad in order to send two (2) teams to the Bermuda Bowl.]
9
In the case of Zone 2, 3. above notwithstanding, the following rules shall apply:
a) ACBL can send one team from either Canada, Mexico or Bermuda provided that at least one of these three NBOs has placed in the top one-half of their Round Robin in the immediately previous World Olympiad and the NBO that is sent participated in the previous World Olympiad; and
b) ACBL can send one team from the USA provided that USA participated in the immediately previous World Olympiad. Additionally, ACBL can send a second team from the USA provided USA finished in the top one-half of its Round Robin in the previous World Olympiad and USA's membership remains above 150.000.
10
If, based on the above regulations, this will result in an odd number of teams participating in either Championship, one additional Zone 1 team will be invited to participate