Italian Curling loses founding father

It is with great sadness that the World Curling Federation has learnt of the death of Ivo Lorenzi. Ivo, born in 1923 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, died on 9 November 2013, aged 90. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the founding fathers of curling in Italy today.

Ivo Lorenzi at WMCC 2010 Photo: WCF/Urs Raeber
Signing ceremony opening the way for Italy to play at the World Championships Photo: Curling Italia

In 1966, he became president of the Dolomites Curling Club and in 1969 president of the Cortina Curling Association - the organisation which brought together the six clubs of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

From 1970 to 1972, he presided over the Italian Curling Association until it joined the International Curling Federation (now WCF).

In 1972, Ivo served on the board of the ICF. His work on raising the profile of Italian curling led to an Italian team competing at the World Championships for the first time in 1973 (Air Canada Silver Broom, Regina, Canada).

An active curler, Ivo was member of the Italian team that competed at the European Championships in Oslo, Norway, in 1977.

Speaking on behalf of the World Curling Federation, President Kate Caithness said: "We are so very sorry to hear of the sad passing of our dear friend Ivo Lorenzi. He was a real gentleman and epitomised the true spirit of curling. He touched the lives of everyone he met and he will be a sad loss to the curling family. We extend our condolences to Ivo's family and friends."

Speaking on behalf of the curling community in Italy, Franco Zumofen added: "Curling in Italy has lost its most important guide. Personally, I have lost a great friend. Ivo was loved by everyone and he had hosts of friends also abroad. Thanks to his commitment and his far-sightedness, Italy became a player on the world curling stage."

Additional tributes can be read here (Italian):

In the black and white photo: Ivo Lorenzi (seated/middle) presides over the signing of the agreement allowing Italy to take part in its first World Championships. Seated to Ivo's right is Canadian Douglas Maxwell (Air Canada Silver Broom), to his left is Scot W D Wilson President of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. Standing, second from right: Franco Zumofen.