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WDC Report on a Case of Cheating in Fewest Moves Challenge

Dear WCA Community,

As previously announced, the WCA Disciplinary Committee investigated concerns regarding Kalindu Sachintha Wijesundara’s (2022WIJE02) FMC results at Sri Lankan Nationals FMC 2024, where means of 20.33 and 19.67 were achieved in the first and second rounds respectively.

The full investigation has now concluded. The WDC has discovered evidence of the competitor utilizing online tools and abusing his delegate status to obtain better results. The WDC also believes the competitor knowingly misled the WDC about these facts when presented with this evidence.

Given the unprecedented nature of this case and the extreme breach of trust involved, the WDC spent significant time analyzing the case and deliberating on a punishment. Some of the factors the WDC considered include, but are not limited to:

  • His status as a WCA Delegate and breaking the trust that comes with that role
  • Jeopardizing the results of competitions by analyzing scrambles prior to the competitions, including the use of a third party software
  • Refusal to confess, even when given clear evidence
  • The potential damage to the reputation of the WCA

The full punishment for Kalindu is as follows:

  • A ban of 8 years from competing in all official WCA competitions
  • The immediate removal of his role as Delegate by the WCA Board
  • Disqualification (DNF) of all results achieved by Kalindu at competitions where he was listed as a delegate
    • Exception: Kalindu did not handle scrambles for Sri Lankan Nationals 2024, so those results may remain

The WDC has no reason to doubt the validity of the results obtained by any other competitor at the affected competitions. Therefore, no other result will be affected by our decision.

WCA Delegates hold an incredible amount of responsibility and trust in ensuring fairness at WCA competitions. Any breach of this trust significantly impacts the community locally and globally. The WDC, the WCA Board, and the entire WCA Staff and community are committed to addressing any violations. Any actions that compromise these values will not be tolerated and will continue to be addressed appropriately.

We also emphasize the importance of transparency and accountability in all WCA operations. We affirm our commitment to these principles with the publication of this report to the general public. The entire report, alongside this conclusion, can be found here.

Best regards,
Shain Longbehn (WDC Leader)
On behalf of the WCA Disciplinary Committee

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Call for Applicants – WCAT Members (June 2024)

The WCA Competition Announcement Team (WCAT) is seeking new members! The application is open to any WCA community member, but please review the expected tasks and qualities.

The official rights and duties of the WCAT are documented in WCA Motion 10.2021.2.

The tasks of a WCAT member include:

  • Review and announce competitions around the world on a daily basis with accuracy and correctness.
  • Handle change requests to competitions.
  • Engage in frequent discussions through voting within the Team.
  • Make and communicate changes to the WCA Competition Requirements Policy (WCRP).

Applicants are expected to possess the following qualities:

  • Proactive personality, detail-oriented, and solution-oriented mindset.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Availability throughout the day and to commit 5 hours per week to WCAT work.
  • Good familiarity with the WCA Competition Requirements Policy (WCRP) and the WCA competition organizer role.
  • Communication and/or policy-writing skills are not required but are strongly encouraged.
  • Be at least 16 years of age.

Candidacy documents must be in PDF format, and must include:

  • A brief personal introduction.
  • Summary of activities done for the WCA.
  • A concrete overview on how expected qualities are to be fulfilled.
  • (Optional) Qualities and qualifications you find relevant that are not listed above.

The application period is open for applicants to submit their application document from now until July 8th, 2024 23:59 UTC to Zeke Mackay (zmackay@worldcubeassociation.org).

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Call for Applicants – WRT Members (June 2024)

Do you like numbers? Are you the type of person quickly spotting typos or inconsistencies in restaurant menus that others miss? Does it drive you crazy when data lacks precision? If yes, then you might be a very good fit for the WRT!

The qualities that you should bring to become a WRT member include:

  • You are very responsive and willing to learn and understand internal processes.
  • You are able to work on WRT tasks regularly.
  • You have a good sense of detail and you are able to handle data precisely and consciously.
  • You are a trusted and reliable member of the WCA community and can responsibly handle access to the WCA database. Ideally, you can provide a recommendation from a WCA Staff member.
  • Existing experience with SQL (MySQL) is beneficial, but not mandatory.

As a WRT member you will work on the following regular tasks:

  • Verifying, uploading and publishing competition results.
  • Handling change requests to results or personal data.
  • Supporting WCA Delegates and other WCA Staff with data-related problems and requests.
  • Investigating inconsistencies in the WCA database.
  • Analyzing the WCA’s data to provide insights for other WCA Staff members.
  • Managing and enforcing the WCA’s Data Protection policies.
  • Handling requests from Registered Speedcubers and WCA Staff on Data Protection matters.

On average, membership of WRT requires approximately 5-6 hours per week. In particular, you should be ready to spend 30-60 minutes at least two times per week for time-critical regular WRT work (e.g. result submissions). There are also internal discussions which need a faster response time.

In return, you will gain a deeper insight into the structure of the WCA and the WCA database, and you will actively contribute to ensuring the integrity of the WCA’s competition results. The official rights and duties of the WRT as described in the Motions of the WCA can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the WCA Results Team, please send an application to WRT Leader Callum James Goodyear (cgoodyear@worldcubeassociation.org). The application should at least include a comprehensive description of yourself, showing why you would be a good addition to the WRT, and your motivation / goals for becoming a WRT member.

The application deadline is June 30th 2024 23:59 UTC. Following that date, the applications will be reviewed and discussed among the current WRT members, with possible interviews happening, and final decisions being made shortly thereafter.

We look forward to your application!

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Changes in the WCA Board of Directors (June 2024)

With the term of Board Member Blake Thompson coming to an end, an anonymous election took place on June 1st, 2024. The election was conducted according to the WCA Motion: Election of Directors.

The Board received the applications of:

  • Abdullah Gulab
  • Blake Thompson
  • Nick Silvestri

We are happy to announce that the election was successful and that Blake was re-elected and Nick was newly elected member of the WCA Board of Directors.

These changes have become effective immediately.

The applications can be viewed here.

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Call for Applicants – WRC Leader (April 2024)

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Regulations Committee Leader, as Antonio Kam is stepping down as the Leader of the WCA Regulations Committee. The WCA would like to take this opportunity to thank Antonio for leading the WRC since November of 2022.

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 8 hours per week on average to work for the committee. The qualities expected of candidates are:

Strong leadership skills

Attention to detail

Expert knowledge of Regulations

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Good judgment and decision-making skills

Excellent communication skills

The application period for candidates to submit their candidacy documents is from now until May 15th, 2024, 23:59 UTC. Interested candidates can send the application privately to the Executive Assistant Team (assistants@worldcubeassociation.org), CC’ing the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org).

The candidacy documents must be in PDF format, and must include:

Brief personal introduction.

Summary of activities done for the WCA.

Ambitions as the WRC Leader of the WCA.

Candidates are additionally asked to send a copy of their applications which can be made public at the end of the application period.

The rights and duties of the WRC can be found in WCA Motion 10.2021.9.

After the application period, the WCA Board will make a selection by voting and will announce the new Leader, after confirmation among Senior Delegates and sitting Committee/Team Leaders by voting, as described in Section 4 of WCA Motion 10.2022.0.

Thanks for your candidacies and support.

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