On behalf of Mr. Demers, Mr. Reid and all of the participants of this past weekend's Umpire course, we would like to thank Master Galarraga for all of his knowledge and wisdom he shared with us. For those of us who have seen Master Galarraga at the last few World Championships, we knew of a man who's dedication to this sport seemed all encompassing. Over the weekend we met a different man, one who has an awsome sense of humour, he laughed with us and shared with us many of his experiences, but at the same time taught us so much. We all had a very interesting and unique experiece that we will not soon forget. We had the opportunity to not only enjoy the presence of Master Galarraga but we were lucky enough to be visisted by Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa and Master Rai who were in town for meetings. It was truly a experience of a life time, we all fealt very honoured to be part of it.
It was nice to be in Ottawa this past weekend. Master Galarraga is truly an inspirational master. During the meetings, Master Gallaraga presented to Pres. Choi the pro circuit plans. As you may or may not be aware, Master Galarraga has a weekly television show shown all of South America. The ITF will soon be canvassing fighters who wish to take part in the circuit which will be televised throughtout Europe, and the America's, Fox television has agreed to a 10 year contract with ITF. An anouncement will soon be made on the ITF web site regarding interests in the circuit.
Also it was nice seeing Master James Lim in Ottawa. Master Lim is a pioneer in Canada. We welcomed back to ITF.