IQA World Cup 2020 Postponed to Summer 2021
As previously reported, the International Quidditch Association has made a public announcement about the IQA World Cup. It decided to postpone the event to next year due to the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
This tournament is one of the most important events for the entire Muggle quidditch community and was initially intended to be held in Richmond, Virginia, July 18–19. The place remains the same, but the new date is July 31–August 1, 2021.
The IQA board consulted with the IQA Events Department, experts, national governing bodies (NGBs), and national team representatives before it made the final decision. The board wasn’t sure if it could provide enough safety measures this summer. There would have been many logistical problems with preparing and planning the event. Events Director of the IQA Pauline Raes said that this tournament isn’t only a competition.
It’s an opportunity for us to gather together, to meet people from different countries and cultures and grow as sportspeople. Remember that those values are not going away. We’re all going through a very difficult time right now, but quidditch will be coming back, and we will all meet again.
Many national teams would have also had other problems. Thirty NGBs gave feedback to the IQA about the current situation in their countries: Twenty-six national teams cannot practice in person, eighteen national teams cannot travel currently, and eleven national teams cannot fundraise.
The postponing of the event also means conflict with the dates of the IQA Continental Games, which includes the IQA Pan-American Games and the IQA European Games. The IQA organizes them biennially, alternating with the IQA World Cup, meaning that the next games should have been held in summer 2021. Due to the new date of the IQA World Cup, the IQA decided to postpone them also to 2022–2023. The IQA didn’t announce the exact date.