IQA Releases Bid Manual for Continental Games
Last week, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) announced that the IQA World Cup is postponed to 2022 or 2023. That means the IQA Continental Games will happen next year. The IQA starts organizing Muggle quidditch events by releasing a bid manual.
The IQA Continental Games include the European Games, the Pan-American Games, and the new Oceania-Asian Games. This will be the fourth time that the European Games have been held. It’s the largest tournament of all the IQA Continental Games; there were 20 teams in 2019. The event will be held over five days, with workshops and educational sessions on the first two days and the tournament on the last three days.
The IQA Pan-American Games will happen for the second time. Last time, they took place in Richmond, Virginia, which was scheduled to host the next IQA World Cup. The IQA expects 4–10 teams to participate. The same number of teams is expected at the IQA Oceania-Asian Games, of which 2021 will be the first year. Both the Pan-American Games and the Oceania-Asian Games will be four-day events, with the first two days for workshops and sessions and the last two days for the tournament.
National governing bodies (NGBs), local governments, event planning organizations, or community groups can submit their bids until October 25. The IQA is aware that there is little time and encourages applicants to send a bid even if it does not meet all the requirements. The requirements are for the ideal bid. If there isn’t a suitable bid, the IQA will cancel the event this season.
The main requirement is about pitches. The IQA European Games need a minimum of five pitches. The IQA Pan-American Games and IQA Oceania-Asian Games need a minimum of two pitches. All pitches must be 44 m by 66 m (48 yds by 72 yds) and ideally on grass or artificial turf. The rest of the requirements are about restrooms, changing rooms, parking lots, availability of Wi-Fi, and tournament offices.
After bids are submitted, the IQA will select and announce the finalists by November 8. The IQA will personally visit the finalist locations in November, and the final locations should be announced on December 13.