IQA Announces 2019 Pan-American Games and European Games Locations
- Published: 20 December 2018
- Written by IQA Staff
On April 25, 2018 the International Quidditch Association (IQA) announced the creation of continental championships that would take place every other year alternating with World Cup.
Finalists for Pan-American Games and European Games (EG) were then announced on Nov. 16, 2018. Representatives from the IQA have visited each of the finalists and met with bid organizers and local officials.
The IQA would like to congratulate each of the finalists on submitting exemplary bids. After much deliberation, we are pleased to announce the event locations for the IQA Pan-American Games and IQA European Games. Richmond, Virginia was chosen as the host city for the IQA Pan-American Games in 2019; Bamberg, Germany will host the IQA European Games 2019.
European Games will be held the weekend of June 29-30, 2019 at Fuchs-Park-Stadium in Bamberg, Germany. This will be the third European Games after the 2017 tournament in Oslo, Norway, won by the United Kingdom and the 2015 debut tournament in Sarteano, Italy, won by France. The event marks the IQA’s second event in Germany after the 2016 IQA World Cup in Frankfurt.
The tournament will be run by Three River Sport Events, a newly formed entity, in consultation with the IQA.
“We're really excited that the IQA have chosen Bamberg as the hosting location for European Games 2019,” said Marco Ziegaus. “We think it's the perfect location to host EG, Bamberg being situated very centrally in Europe, with lots of dedicated and experienced volunteers in the area, and we plan on convincing you of the same through our organisation of the tournament. We want to host a great event for you, coming from the community for the community and we are looking forward to the upcoming months of planning with the city of Bamberg.”
“We are thrilled to be back in Germany just three years after our successful World Cup there,” said Andy Marmer, interim executive director. “Three River Sport Events are a stellar team and we’re excited to work with them to model a new way forward for the IQA’s events. We think their tournament experience will provide a great opportunity for all of our European members and are excited to work with them to put on an excellent tournament.”
The Pan-American Games will be held in July 2019 at Glover Park in Henrico County, a suburb of Richmond, Virginia. The inaugural Pan-American Games is the first tournament that the IQA is hosting in the United States and the second in North America following the success of the 2014 IQA Global Games. The IQA will be hosting the 2019 Pan-American Games in partnership with US Quidditch (USQ) and Richmond Region Tourism.
“We’re very excited to work with the top-notch team in Richmond and leverage our close relationship with US Quidditch to bring a premier quidditch event to North America,” Marmer said. “The group we met in Richmond impressed us with the caliber of sporting events they have hosted; and their passion and enthusiasm for bringing quidditch to Richmond. We have long admired USQ and everything it has done to grow the sport.”
“US Quidditch is very excited to be partnering with the IQA and Richmond Region Tourism to host the first-ever IQA Pan-American Games,” said Sarah Woolsey, US Quidditch executive director. “One of the things that makes our sport so unique and dynamic is our community, and USQ looks forward to helping to bring together players from across the Western Hemisphere to meet and compete against one another in this unique event. This event has been the result of several years of discussion with other NGBs, including Canada, Mexico, and Peru. We thank them for their work to make this event a reality.”
“It’s outstanding that Glover Park is now attracting sporting events at the elite international level, and we are looking forward to hosting fans and athletes from all over the world for this event,” said John A. Vithoulkas, Henrico County manager.
Henrico County has hosted past quidditch tournaments, including most prominently US Quidditch’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship in 2014. Glover Park is also a finalist for Major League Quidditch’s 2019 championship.
Further details for both events, including team registration, volunteering and event policies will be made available in the coming weeks and months.
About quidditch: Quidditch is an exciting, fast-paced, full-contact sport. A quidditch team consists of up to 21 athletes with seven players per team on the field at any one time. Each player must keep a broom between their legs at all times. The ‘four maximum’ rule of quidditch states that there may be no more than four players of the same gender on pitch at one time, ensuring the sport is inclusive to all genders and that gender diversity is always maintained on the field of play.
About the International Quidditch Association: The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is the international governing body for quidditch, and supports quidditch development and competition worldwide. The IQA aims to lead and promote the sport of quidditch by holding international sporting events, supporting other quidditch groups, and by sharing quidditch and its values of gender equity and inclusivity with a broader audience.
About Three River Sport Events: Three River Sport Events (TRSE) has been founded by Marco Ziegaus, Ida Meyenberg, Lena Nicklas and Felix Linsmeier. Having successfully worked together at several international and national tournaments, the four of them have decided to start their own event management company which will focus on quidditch tournaments. EG 2019 will be TRSE´s first event.
About US Quidditch: US Quidditch is the national governing body for the sport of quidditch. USQ advances the sport by organizing events and programs that build community and empower all genders to compete together.
About Richmond Region Tourism: Richmond Region Tourism is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Region to meeting, convention and sports event planners, tour operators and leisure travelers. Richmond Region Tourism operates three Visitor Centers located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center downtown, the Richmond International Airport, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hanover County, as well as a Mobile Visitor Center.
More than seven million people visit the Richmond Region annually, contributing more than $2 billion to the local economy. Tourism generates more than 23,000 jobs in the Richmond Region. For more information, visit VisitRichmondVA.com.
Photo Credit: Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography