COVID-19 Announcement

Dear WCA Community,

Today, the WCA Board met in an emergency Board meeting to decide how to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and what we can do to help minimize the spread. The Board of Directors have agreed upon the following approach.

Out of an abundance of caution, Delegates have been requested to cancel all WCA Competitions even when the holding of the competition does not contravene any local government or health organization directives for competitions held between March 17th and April 19th.

Competitions that are held will be required to take extreme measures of care to help mitigate and prevent the spread of the virus including, but not limited to:

  • Where practicable and available Competition Organizers and attending Delegates should provide hand sanitizer.
  • Competitors should be encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes with them even if these will be provided.
  • Competitors should be directed to sanitize their hands or wash them with soap and water whenever practicable.
  • All attendees should be encouraged to wipe their puzzles with sanitized wipes as often as they can and especially when their puzzles are passed from person to person.
  • All attendees should be encouraged to bring disposable tissues with them.
  • In the event that an attendee needs to cough or sneeze, ask that they do so into a disposable tissue or into the crook of their elbow.
  • During inspection, competitors are permitted to wipe their puzzles with a sanitized wipe.
  • Where practicable please wipe the solving station and scrambling tables with sanitized wipes and at least between rounds and groups.

All competitions held between Tuesday, March 17th and Sunday, April 19th can only proceed with the express written consent of the WCA Board of Directors.

During this time, we ask competitors and their families to exercise caution and evaluate the risk when deciding to attend a competition.

  • Under no circumstances should anyone that shows any symptoms associated with COVID-19 attend a WCA Competition. This includes any guests of Competitors. Those symptoms include, but are not limited to:

    • Fever / High temperature
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  • Anyone who has been into contact in the last two weeks with somebody who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 should not attend any WCA Competition.
  • Vulnerable people should not attend any WCA Competition.

Delegates have been asked to amend the refund policy to provide competitors with refunds on cancellations that are notified up to the date before the first day of the competition. Competitors who are feeling ill or who do not feel safe attending a competition are asked to contact the Organizer(s) and/or Delegate(s) of the competition.

No new competitions will be announced where the first date of the competition is on or before April 19th. Competitions in which the first day of the competition is on or before May 15th will require express written permission of the Board. Delegates have been advised not to plan any new competition before May 15th. Competitions may still be subject to cancellation.

This policy is in effect until April 19th, but may be extended at the discretion of Board of Directors.

We appreciate that the situation and severity of spread of the virus is vastly different all around the world, but we have a responsibility to protect our WCA Staff, Competition Organizers, Competitors, and the general public.

Source:: worldcubeassociation

Update on COVID-19

Dear WCA Community,

Following the classification of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the WCA Board of Directors wants to communicate that we are in the process of drafting a policy and recommendations for the holding of WCA Competitions.

In the meantime we urge all community members to read and follow the advice of the WHO, especially in relation to attendance at Competitions.

WHO COVID-19 Site
Protecting yourself
Travel advice

Be mindful of the amount of misinformation on social media and please refer to the guidance by WHO and information recommended by your local governments or health organisations.

Please also be aware that different countries and governments have different and ever changing restrictions in place. Keep yourself up to date and abide by any restrictions and recommendations for your country and any country you are travelling to.

We are committed to the health and safety of our Staff, Community, and the general public. We all have a responsibility to minimize, where possible, the spread of the virus.

Source:: worldcubeassociation

Call for Applicants – WFC Leader (February 2020)

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Finance Committee (WFC) Leader, as Chris Wright is stepping down from this position. We would like to thank Chris Wright for the work he has done leading the Committee.

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 7 hours per week on average to work for the Committee. The qualities expected of candidates are:

  • Basic knowledge of the structure and workflow inside the WCA
  • Experience on financial matters, especially bookkeeping and tax filing
  • Proficiency in English
  • A reasonable daily availability to deploy the duties
  • Team management capabilities

The application period for candidates to submit their candidacy documents is from now until March 15th, 2020, 23:59 UTC. Interested candidates can send the application privately to 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 WFC 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 WFC can be found in WCA Motion 10.2017.3.

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 10.2020.0.

Thank you for your candidacies and support.

Source:: worldcubeassociation

Postponement of the WCA Asian Championship 2020

Unfortunately, we are here to announce that the date for the WCA Asian Championship 2020 has been postponed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak within the region. The organization team and the WCA Board are currently working together on finding a suitable date for this championship later in the year.

Please stay tuned for future updates, thank you for your kind understanding.

Source:: worldcubeassociation