It is with great pleasure that we announce the winning candidates to host the upcoming World Championship 2021 and Continental Championships 2022:
World Championship 2021 will be held in Almere, Netherlands.
Asian Championship 2022 will be held in Semey, Kazakhstan.
European Championship 2022 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
North American Championship 2022 will be held in Toronto, Canada.
An additional thank you to the applicants from Vladivostok, Russia for their submission for the World Championship. You can view the application documents for the World Championship here and for the Continental Championships here.
Dear WCA Community,
The WCA Regulations Committee would like to inform you about a new version of the WCA Regulations and Guidelines, which are going into effect August 1, 2020.
The WRC has been working on a new WCA Regulations and Guidelines amendment in conjunction with the WCA Board of Directors. This amendment is meant to complement the WCA Competition Safety Policy and to guarantee safer conditions in WCA Competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can review all changes in this comparison on GitHub. You can click on “Files changed” to see the complete files of the Regulation and Guidelines, where all changes and additions are marked green and removals are red.
Here is a summary of the changes in the new version of the Regulations and the Guidelines (discussion):
- A new article Y is added to the Regulations which complements the Safety Policy. It is expected that the changes will be reverted once it is safe to do so.
- WCA Delegates can impose additional requirements on attendees like wearing masks or not having COVID symptoms, if it is necessary and if it is clearly announced before the competition (Regulations Y3 and Y3a through Y3d).
- The competitor resets the timer instead of the judge. The judge reminds the competitor to do so (Regulation Y7d1).
- Competitors who behave unsafely might be disqualified by the WCA Delegate (Regulation 2k3) and requested to leave the venue (Regulation 11h).
- Some additions that make the Regulations more inline with the Safety Policy:
- Competitors should bring their own pens (Regulation Y4), judges may bring their own stopwatches (Regulation Y5).
- Competitors, without touching the scoresheet, must sign the result recorded by their judge using their own pen (Regulation Y7e1).
- There should be fixed seats and there shouldn’t be a Competitor Area if unnecessary (Regulations Y6a, Y7a).
- The competitor places the puzzle inside the cover after the attempt (Regulation Y7f).
Application submissions are now closed for World Championship 2021 and Continental Championships 2022. Thank you to all who submitted their offers! The cities listed were submitted and will be selected by the Board of Directors.
2021 World Championship:
2022 Asian Championship:
2022 European Championship:
2022 North American Championship:
The candidacy documents will be made public after the decisions are finalized.
The Board of Directors would like to receive applications for WCA Continental Championships 2022 for the following regions:
3. South America
Please discuss with the Delegates in your country whether this is something you are willing and able to pursue. Bear in mind that organizing a competition of this size takes a significant amount of time and effort before and during the competition.
If you are interested, send your application documents privately to firstname.lastname@example.org between July 1st, 2020, 00:00 UTC and September 30th, 2020, 23:59 UTC. Documents must be sent in PDF format in two versions: one full version with all the details for the application, and another version with sensitive details – if any – removed to make public.
Within your application documents, please include at least the following information:
When would you like to hold your Continental Championship 2022?
1a. Possible dates
1b. Number of days of the competition.
1c. Overlap with international holiday periods of schools.
Where would you like to hold your Continental Championship 2022 in your country?
2a. City should be interesting to visit for foreigners with opportunities for sightseeing.
2b. Ease of international, national, and local travel.
2c. Availability of hotels/apartments with different price categories.
2d. Venue, venue size, and venue setup (stage, audience, tables to practice, side rooms).
2e. Technology available like internet, video streaming, lighting, sound equipment.
2f. Number of competitors and spectators that can be hosted.
What would the organization team and staff look like?
3a. Core team members.
3b. Experience of the core team.
3c. Involvement of other parties.
3d. Quantity and quality of local volunteers (guideline is 20% of competitors should staff).
3e. Required support by foreign Delegates.
What would be the overall budget for the competition?
4a. Cost (venue, venue services, stage, equipment, decorations, website, badges/lanyards/giftpacks, prizes).
4b. Income (registration fees, sponsoring, local government).
Here is an example document with a non-exhaustive list of topics that need to be arranged and budgeted for a large competition.
Once the application period is over, the WCA Board of Directors will interview applicants, consult other WCA Staff members, and vote in order to decide where each 2022 Continental Championship will take place. If any Director will be involved in a team that sends in an application, they will be replaced in the selection process by another person (for example a Senior Delegate or a Committee/Team Leader).
We are looking for a competition that can reinforce our concept of large WCA competitions, boosting the professionalization of our organization and able to offer the competitors the best possible experience and the world the best possible show.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we look forward to viewing your applications!