President Botero informed the IWSF Executive Board that "The bid for 1997 is now open to any country in the world. Nevertheless, Colombia has not given up. The main sponsor is still working on the subject will make a proposal in the next few days. The delay is because the Chairman of the Board is in the USA and we must wait until he gets back and decides yes or no to sponsor the whole event.
China has been working also but has had problems finding a new private sponsor.