by Eric Andres | June 5th, 2012
Oxford, UK – Spectators coming to the public Olympic torch ceremony in Oxford this July 9th will be privy to a unique, historic event – the first international Summer Games between real-life national quidditch teams.
The two-day event will feature games between all-star players from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. From 12 PM – 6 PM on July 8th, all four teams will compete in an international tournament at Cutteslowe Park in Oxford. The event will culminate on the evening of July 9th with a demonstration match between the top two teams and open youth games at the Olympic torch festival in South Park.
The IQA 2012 Summer Games are organized with the help of somewhereto, a non-profit funded by an affiliate of London 2012, the Legacy Trust. Somewhereto is tasked with creating a sustainable legacy of sports and the arts around the Olympics. All event space has been leased to the IQA by the Oxford City Council.
By hosting the event as part of the London 2012 Olympic ceremonies and bringing the best players from around the world, the IQA seeks to showcase quidditch as an exciting, dynamic new sport.