February 2, 2007
To: All professional competitors
We have received a copy of the email
sent to many professional competitors and others by Dominic and Delphine
on January 31 and would like to provide an explanation of the action taken.
First, the email states that competitors
were not informed six months in advance of the 2007 Canadian Closed Championship
(CCC) to be held on February 23, 2007 in Quebec. That is absolutely correct.
Since it is CDDSC policy to advertise the CCC well in advance so that competitors
can make arrangements to participate, why did this not happen this year?
The 2006 CCC was originally scheduled
for February 2006. Unfortunately the organizer had difficulties with the
hotel and was unable to hold the event.
We approached another organizer,
Andy Wong, who said he would hold it in June. We contacted all the competitors
to see if this was an acceptable date. Dominic and Delphine were the only
competitors who had any objection to the date stating there was insufficient
notice. Because of the objections of Dominic and Delphine alone, we postponed
holding the event until November.
It is our policy to hold the CCC
early in the year so that the Canadian Champions for the year would be
the couple to represent Canada at the Worlds held in the same year. This
policy was brought into effect some time ago at the request of the competitors.
This remains our policy and it is
the procedure we are continuing to follow in 2007.
By holding the CCC in November, it
gave competitors the opportunity to become the Canadian Professional Champions
for 2006. We think it is an honour to hold the title of Canadian Professional
Champion and we did not want to deny competitors the opportunity to compete
for the title.
The competition in February 2007
will crown the Canadian Professional Champions for 2007. The 2007 Canadian
Champions will be the couples to represent Canada at International events
in 2007. This is the procedure we have followed and it will carry on in
future years. There is no reason to change events in 2007 because we did
not hold the 2006 championship at the proper date.
We are taking steps to ensure the
current situation does not arise again and I am sure all competitors will
be pleased to hear that we intend to set the same date each year for the
CCC (the fourth weekend in February). Thank you for your understanding
and cooperation in this matter.
CDDSC Board of Directors