Welcome

Dear Mayor,
Dear organizational team and judges,
Dear participants of the 22nd IRO World Championship!

It gives me great pleasure to address you on the occasion of this year’s IRO World Championship.

This World Championship enables us to to check the rescue dog teams‘ standard of performance and training on the one hand, and on the other hand present this standard before the eyes of the public. You all have accomplished a great deal in the preparation to this WCH – as organizers, supporters, in countless testing events as judges or in hundreds of training hours.

The World Championship now offers the chance to compete and compare performance in a sportsmanlike and fair manner. However, not only the competition should be in the spotlight of this event, but also the shared cooperation. A World Championship offers the opportunity to get to know each other and share experiences and and know-how apart from national and international testing events. These should be in the limelight of this WCH. Daniel Sedlak and his team will create challenging testing tasks, and with the support of the hosting organizers and the regional politics and economy, an ideal environment for such a major event has been created. On behalf of the IRO, I want to express my gratitude for this.

The fair competition enables comparison, even though success will always depend on the respective daily condition and an ounce of luck as well.

This ounce of luck, a fruitful time together with our rescue dog colleagues, and that friendship and companionship will be created and fostered during this World Championship – this is what I wish for you and us during this time. After all, the fair competition is a route to the goal to provide the best trained rescue dog teams for deployment.

My best wishes and kind regards,

Markus Bock

President of the IRO Executive Board