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The Austrian Bridge Federation (German : Österreichischer Bridgesportverband) is the national organization charged with regulating and promoting the card game of bridge in Austria. Its headquarters are in Vienna, and there are four regional federations (Landesverbände). The current president is Doris Fischer. There are also three vice-presidents. During the years preceding World War II, Austria was one of the strongest bridge nations. It is one of the oldest bridge federations in the world; in 2012, it had about 2,450 members.
The federation was founded in 1929 by Paul Stern (1892–1948), who was also its first president.
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"Rixi" Markus MBE was an Austrian and British international contract bridge player. She won five world titles, and was the first woman to become a World Grand Master within the World Bridge Federation. "In a 60-year career", Alan Truscott wrote in a bridge column 15 weeks after her death, "she had far more victories with partners of assorted nationalities than anyone else has ever had." She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for contributions to bridge in 1974.
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The International Dragon Boat Federation is the international governing body for the team watersport of dragon boat racing. The Founder of the IDBF was Mike MacKeddie-Haslam and the IDBF Founding Members in Hong Kong the on June 24, 1991 were Australia, China, Taiwan, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States. There are currently 72 countries or territories with membership in the IDBF, with many other countries with a known interest in the sport. The IDBF is a Full Member of the Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF), formerly known as SportAccord. The IDBF is also a member of the Alliance of Independent Recognized Members of Sport (AIMS), one of four subgroups of GAISF.
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The Dutch Bridge Federation is the national governing body for bridge in the Netherlands, based in Utrecht. Founded on 22 November 1930 by Infantry Colonel A. J. E. Lucardie, the federation is the second largest nation member of the European Bridge League, with a 2013 membership of 85,796.
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The Norwegian Bridge Federation founded in 1932, is the national body for bridge in Norway.
The Brazilian Bridge Federation is the national organization for bridge in Brazil and a member of the Confederacion Sudamericana de Bridge and the World Bridge Federation. It was founded in 1945 as the Confederação Brasileira de Bridge, affiliated with the World Bridge Federation in 1979, and fully recognized by it in June 1999.
The French Bridge Federation is the national organization for bridge in France. The president is Patrick Grenthe and the treasurer is Guy Auer. There are also three vice-presidents and 29 regional committees, whose chairmen compose a federation council. The headquarters of the French Bridge Federation is in Saint-Cloud, near Paris. It was founded in 1933 and is the third largest bridge federation in the world with over 100,000 members.
The Argentine Bridge Association is the national organisation charged with regulating and promoting the game of bridge in Argentina. Its headquarters are in Buenos Aires. It was founded in 1928. The current president is Silvia Elena and the vice president is Roberto Vigil.