That's right! Alex Benepe, CEO and President of the International Quidditch Association, is arranging a match to take place at the 2012 London Olympics.
In a recent State of the League Address, Benepe wrote, "Today it is my pleasure to lay out a road map for the future of the IQA and real-life quidditch. In case you've been locked up in Azkaban, 2011 was a big year for quidditch. The IQA just held its fifth annual World Cup in New York City. We've come a long way in the five years since a ragtag gaggle of freshman first played real-life quidditch on a field at Middlebury College in Vermont."
During the Quidditch World Cup, 94 teams (60 Division I and 34 Division II) competed against each other for the title of Quidditch World Cup Champion, which was eventually won by Middlebury over University of Florida in Division I and Purdue over Rochester Institute of Technology for Division II. For complete coverage, head over to MuggleNet SnitchCenter.
Alex continued, "This encouraging number proves that quidditch has the ability to become an economically viable spectator sport. The next stop? The Olympic games of course!
In Summer 2012 the IQA will organize an expo match in London during the Olympics. The IQA is currently assessing venues, working with media contacts, and reaching out to local teams. At minimum, the IQA will organize a UK vs. US match, and may bring additional European teams."
What a better place to showcase the phenomenal game of muggle quidditch than the birthplace of the wizarding sport in the Harry Potter series?
Posted by Keith
12-21-2011 at 8:40 PM