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EMF plans to possibly cancel Nations Cup in the future

Europe 18 Jun 2009 at 12:24 | Published by: JJM | Views: 4429 | News search

EMF plans to possibly cancel Nations Cup in the future
Top countries collecting strategic advantage at NC in Tampere.  (Photo by Arto Borg 2008)

At the board meeting on 23 May 2009 in Lamego, European Minigolfsport Federation leaders raised question marks over the future of Nations Cup tournament. Three different possibilities were outlined at the EMF board meeting:

- playing Nations Cup in the normal way, as an EMF-funded event
- playing a similar unofficial tournament, without EMF funding (to save EMF costs)
- not playing a similar tournament at all in May

EMF Finance Manager Michael Sølling (Denmark) set the future of Nations Cup at stake already last year, in his policy report for EMF annual report 2006-2008 (page 6), where he suggested that cancelling the Nations Cup would be a possible way to save costs in the overloaded budget of EMF.

In WMF ranking system, Nations Cup has the status of a major tournament. But in reality, the tournament has a status similar to a friendly practice competition. Nobody keeps a hall of fame list of Nations Cup winners, and the results of older Nations Cup tournaments are quickly forgotten by the minigolf world. Many nations test new rising players at Nations Cup, or test various risky playing lines at the minigolf courses, with a less serious attitude than at major tournaments.

For EMF, Nations Cup is an economical burden in the very limited budget of the federation. But also national federations feel the economical burden: many of the best minigolf countries in the world, such as Czech Republic or Italy, seldom participate at Nations Cup, because they don’t have enough money to send a team there.

In this sense, Nations Cup has a double effect promoting the status of richest minigolf countries over the less wealthy minigolf countries: superior strategic knowledge about the courses for countries that have money to send a team to Nations Cup, and additional world ranking points to the players of these nations. Odense World Championships 2009 neutralizes both of these effects, as NC was cancelled and the minigolf courses are installed only some days before the tournament in August.

EMF has not made a clear decision about the future of Nations Cup competitions. The necessity, status and economical burden of Nations Cup will be discussed at future budget meetings of EMF and the Organizing Committees of EMF major tournaments. EMF decisions will not directly affect WMF Nations Cup competitions, which WMF organizes ahead of World Championships or Youth World Championships.

» EMF annual report 2006-2008 (see page 6)
» memorandum of EMF board meeting 23 May 2009



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Finland HansIII (Pasi Aho)

21 Jun 2009 at 11:24
NC is not only training for players, but also for the organizer. My experiences are that this not only has often been necessary, but also has helped a lot to make the main event successful.

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20 Jun 2009 at 22:58
many of the best minigolf countries in the world, such as Czech Republic or Italy, seldom participate at Nations Cup, because they donít have enough money to send a team there.

That's absolutely true. This year we had a team at SNC and YNC but all players/coaches that took part on these tournament had paid ALL costs by themselves.

Finland JJM (John Mittler)

20 Jun 2009 at 11:19
Full memo of EMF board meeting 23 May 2009 is now published at EMF website. See the link at the end of the news article.

Canada CDN (Jason Weaver)

18 Jun 2009 at 12:38
"Top countries collecting strategic advantage"? Hmm... thanks anyway. Hehe.

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Denmark 17 Jun 2009 at 15:13 | views: 3677 | Comments: 0

At the felt and eternit courses of Roslev IK Anders Grønnegaard of Putter Team Odense won his first tournament for 10 years. But it didnít come easy. Extremely windy conditions made et difficult to play decent minigolf, but however every body got through 8 ...
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