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“World” removed from Crazy Golf Championships in 2010?


United Kingdom 05 May 2009 at 17:47 | Published by: JJM | Views: 4079 | News search

“World” removed from Crazy Golf Championships in 2010? WMF board and British Minigolf Federation have been discussing the possibility of removing the word “World” from the name of World Crazy Golf Championships. The latest memorandum of WMF board meetings suggest that BMGA might agree to rename the tournament after the 2009 season. WMF tried to get the tournament renamed already for the 2009 season, but the negotiations proved unsuccessful.

World Crazy Golf Championships have been played every year since 2003 in Hastings, Great Britain. The tournament has often included the biggest money prizes in European minigolf, thanks to generous sponsors. World-class celebrities have visited and also participated in the event, which is played in a tongue-in-cheek atmosphere, with special rules in the final round: the balls of many players are on the minigolf lane at the same time, and players can knock the balls of other players to better or worse positions, or even to the hole.

The rules of WMF prohibit arranging “world championship” events without a permission from WMF, and WMF is not interested in sanctioning this kind of a tournament. In the past years WMF has overlooked the naming issue of World Crazy Golf Championships, as the special rules can be interpreted as evidence that it is a different game than minigolf, and therefore not covered by the jurisdiction of WMF.

» memorandum of WMF board meeting 27-29 March 2009

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Finland JJM (John Mittler)

07 May 2009 at 07:08
There is no law against privately arranging a world championship in your own backyard. Big sponsor sports, like boxing, freely arrange as many world championships as the paying sponsors want. Media reports them as "World Champion of such-and-such boxing federation".

But such private tournaments cannot receive any state funding (to arrangements, or travel costs of teams from different countries), because state funding is given only to sport federations that are members of National Sports Committee or even Olympic Committee. Tournaments approved by WMF can get state funding, and they will be widely recognized as official sport championships.

State funding is quite important for European amateur sports: without it our minigolf championships would be much smaller, and many top players could not afford to participate.

Czech Republic Honza (Honza Prokop)

06 May 2009 at 12:19
That was just an example, but one we have with Olivia wrote that we would like a similar tournament or World Cup, for example, organized or helped organize. And I think that the WMF object could not do anything.

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

06 May 2009 at 11:24
Where are these adventure golf championships? Any information, invitations, website?

Czech Republic Honza (Honza Prokop)

06 May 2009 at 07:16
And what recourse do I WMF when organize the 2009 World Adventure Golf Championships? None! I am a private person and without the WMF to go!

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

06 May 2009 at 07:08
News about WMF meeting memos tell about the views and wishes of WMF board. In this issue it is clear that some or all board members of BMGA have opposing views and wishes. Otherwise the issue would not exist at all, and no negotiations would be necessary.

United Kingdom doctork (Keith Kellard)

05 May 2009 at 23:50
As I may have mentioned before - you might find it best to speak to someone involved before publishing such stories. I did PM you a while ago, so perhaps thought - wrongly it seems - that this may initiate contact between us.

What you may read - or read into - items published in minutes, may not actually be the full facts of the matter.

Until I discuss this further with both my colleagues in BMGA and WMF, I will not comment any further, other than to say that this - removing the world "World" is not something that has currently been agreed between the two of us.

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