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Will Quidditch Make An Appearance At The London Olympics?

They may not fly on their broomsticks but Muggles have been holding regular Quidditch tournaments since 2005. Based on the game Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling created, Muggle Quidditch is as serious as any sport for its competitors and even culminates in a Quidditch World Cup each year. Now, commissioner of the International Quidditch Association, Alex Benepe, is arranging a match to take place at the 2012 London Olympics. Can you imagine how many Portkeys they’re going to need? 

“Today it is my pleasure to lay out a road map for the future of the IQA and real-life quidditch,” wrote Benepe in his State of the League Address. “In case you’ve been locked up in Azkaban, 2011 was a big year for quidditch. The IQA just held its fifth annual World Cup in New York City. We’ve come a long way in the five years since a ragtag gaggle of freshmen first played real-life quidditch on a field at Middlebury College in Vermont.”

The event was the biggest the International Quidditch Association has ever seen with 1,600 players in attendance and 11,000 spectators attended on one day alone. “This encouraging number proves that quidditch has the ability to become an economically viable spectator sport,” he said. The next obvious step? The Olympic games of course!

“In summer 2012 the IQA will organize an expo match in London during the Olympics. The IQA is currently assessing venues, working with media contacts, and reaching out to local teams,” said Benepe. “At minimum, the IQA will organize a UK vs. US match, and may bring additional European teams.”

I have no doubt this will happen for the simple fact that it would be taking place in London. American Harry Potter fans are already enthusiastic enough, get the Brits involved and it’s sure to grab attention.

(via So Geek Chic)

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  • Anonymous

    That is the one and only way to get me interested in the Olympics. This is amazing news.

  • A Talbot

    That is so awesome! If it airs on TV, I’ll definitely have my friends over to watch it.

  • Bethan King

    I never knew that there were quidditch teams in the UK. I need to find one!

  • Anonymous

    Lol. As much as I love quidditch, I can’t say I have much faith in Benepe and the IQA. As much as they try to make the most recent World Cup look like a success, it was honestly a terrible failure. The IQA is now, if not bankrupt, at least on the edge; the players were treated like crap; and the tournament itself was extremely poorly run, fraught with bracketing errors and incompetent reffing the likes of which have never been seen at a sporting event. Benepe and his organization have been trying their damn hardest to make quidditch into a media spectacle as opposed to a real sport, and many of us who actually play are not happy with them in the slightest.

  • JLu Vee Gee

    Quidditch will not be a real sport until we have levitating balls and broomsticks, maybe not even then.  A joke does not deserve to be at the greatest sporting event this planet has ever seen.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a legitimate sport, the IQA just treats it like a joke.

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  • Alex Benepe

    Patience my son. Patience.