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Juniors World Championships 2010 awarded to Sochi, Russia


Russian Federation 19 May 2009 at 15:58 | Published by: JJM | Views: 5703 | News search

Juniors World Championships 2010 awarded to Sochi, Russia
Sochi representative receiving course approval certificate.  (Photo by Olympisky Dagomis 2009)

WMF has awarded Juniors World Championships 2010 to Sochi, Russia. The tournament will be played at a non-standard beton course and an eternite course, which will be installed later.

Minigolfnews.com has free hotel packages to Sochi for October 2009, when an international minigolf tournament is played in Sochi. Anyone interested in travelling to Sochi in October, can contact us by e-mail:

» news article 1 at WMF website
» news article 2 at WMF website
» website of Sochi minigolf center

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20 May 2009 at 09:27
It is absolutely right that championships can't be played in Central Europe forever and it is very good for our sport to find new organizers as Russian Federation.

I was only wondering how many federations could have the chance to send out a team due to high costs.
We have to consider that most minigolf national federations are small federations with small sponsor partnerships and very small (when totally not) money help from the government.
If I take a look at the usual budget of my national federation, I really don't see any big chance to send a team with these costs.

It is different when we speak about Scandinavian countries, Portugal...I have booked flight to these countries (or to Romania) with less than 100 EUR with comeback.

Let's hope that new routes will be open during next year and that russian organizers will find a special agreement with their sponsor.

Finland HansIII (Pasi Aho)

20 May 2009 at 08:52
So it is, Russia, Portugal and Finland (mostly Sweden too) always must fly to the championships in Central Europe whereas the teams from this region can travel by car. This time everybody must fly - even the Russians not living in Sochi. But we can't play our championships in Central Europe only forever, if we want to become a truly global sport.

Currently Sochi is served by AA from Vienna. I booked from Frankfurt via Vienna and back for 585 €. I am sure that the organizers will do their best to get fair rates from AA who is their sponsor. Other, possibly cheaper but slower options lead to Sochi via Moscow international airports. Let's see if other European carriers open routes to Sochi during the upcoming year. At some point they must, since the olympics are coming.

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

20 May 2009 at 07:53
I remember that last year they had agreed a special flight price 500 EUR (return ticket) from any city in Europe, and this year they have agreed a price 400 EUR from Vienna, etc. This 500 EUR from any city in Europe sounds like the best offer that you can hope for, if they can renew that deal for the year 2010.

As I discussed in my blog about global travel costs, London 200 EUR and Central Europe 260 EUR are the cheapest places to host a global tournament (looking at average flight costs from active minigolf countries around the world). But in reality, some country always gets very cheap tickets, and some other country very expensive tickets from the other side of the planet, if the total flight costs are not shared equally by all participating countries.

Netherlands Tiek (Erik Tiekstra)

19 May 2009 at 23:18
Austrian Airlines fly to Sochi... I thought that would be pretty low costs....

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19 May 2009 at 22:18
Does anyone know if Sochi airport is served by low costs flights? Otherwise it would be quite expensive to go there to play YWC...

Finland HansIII (Pasi Aho)

19 May 2009 at 20:32
Anyone interested please take a look at the professionally made video of Russian Team Cup. It gives a pretty good picture of the premises.

http://minigolf.sochi.ru/golf_video_en.htm

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

19 May 2009 at 19:24
Yep I personally avoid using the term "MOS" (or then include more exact definitions after it), because the term MOS includes so many options (from adventure golf to Putt-Putt and nearly standard beton, felt and eternite) that the term is nearly meaningless, meaning-everything-whatever.

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

19 May 2009 at 19:19
Non-standard lanes have been used here and there, ramp at Landshut JEM 1990, narrow drop in Vaasa 2001, T5000 eternite at European Championships 2004, Möllberg’s Cradle at JEM 2007 etc.

Our latest poll gives a bit surprising statistics about the popularity of playing systems among our website readers.

Finland Jouni (Jouni Valkjarvi)

19 May 2009 at 18:11
An idea: Try to avoid using "MOS" as words to describe a course. It just gets people confused. At least the ones new to the sport.
Proper way to state these kind of courses would be for example: Concrete (MOS), Adventure Golf (MOS), Crazy Golf (MOS), Felt (MOS) etc.

Basically I don't agree with Hans' statement that this is the first championship that's held on a MOS course, but that this is the first championship that "MOS has made possible".

Sweden Hans (Hans Bergström)

19 May 2009 at 16:20
A breakthrough! First WMF championship ever to be played at a MOS course, even if it’s a beton-look-alike. Applause to Pasi Aho, WMF and the Russian Organizers!

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Dutch team championships won by Leeuwarden and Ridderkerk

Netherlands 19 May 2009 at 05:58 | views: 3981 | Comments: 0

Last weekend the Dutch Minigolf Federation organised the team championships for ladies and men. The competition was played on the beton courses of Ridderkerk, a total of 10 rounds were played in different weather conditions. Only two ladies teams were present: ...
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Dutch team championships won by Leeuwarden and Ridderkerk

Slovak minigolf federation has a new logo

Slovak minigolf federation has a new logo

Slovakia 18 May 2009 at 11:44 | views: 4213 | Comments: 0

The Slovak Federation was last year releasing a competition on their official federations website about designing a new logo for the federation. The committee to elect the logo decided about the proposals in February this year and its is now official. The ...
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Sjöviken and Uppsala 2 lead the first division

Sweden 18 May 2009 at 11:15 | views: 4546 | Comments: 0

In the south first division this weekend belonged to Sjöviken IF, that clearly was the best team on Malmös eternit course and won all their matches with margin. The match of the weekend was between BGK Linjen – Sjöviken IF, but some early misses from Linjen killed ...
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Tough 17th, Örkelljunga, gave Uppsala the lead

Tough 17th, Örkelljunga, gave Uppsala the lead

Sweden 18 May 2009 at 09:55 | views: 4308 | Comments: 3

It was a known fact already before start that the tough felt course in Örebro would be claiming some victims. Especially lane 17, the Örkelljunga with green in angel, gave the players headache with its average of 3,26 and no less than 15 sevens during the weekend. ...
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