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  • August 5, 2016

    Exposure: Countries clash at the Quidditch World Cup

    The contact, co-ed “Muggle” version of the sport, which contains elements from rugby, basketball and dodgeball, was inspired by J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels. There are seven players on each side: three chasers who use a deflated volleyball, known as the quaffle, to score by putting the ball through one of three hoops, which is defended by a keeper; two beaters, who use dodgeballs called bludgers to disrupt the game by “knocking out” opposing players; and seekers, who chase after a runner, who has the snitch, a ball attached to the waistband of their shorts, in order to end the game. Myself and co-commentator Suraj Singh followed the Canadians throughout the tournament in Frankfurt last month and during our breaks I snapped photos of some of the games. More than 20 countries participated in the event, including teams from Brazil, South Korea and France. Canada ended up placing fourth in the tournament after losing to the United Kingdom. In a nail biting final, Australia caught the snitch to beat Team USA and take home the gold medal.

  • Team USA beater Michael Duquette (right) screams after seeker Margo Aleman catches the snitch. The catch would later be deemed “no good” by the head referee during the finals of the IQA Quidditch World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Team USA beater Michael Duquette (right) screams after seeker Margo Aleman catches the snitch. The catch would later be deemed “no good” by the head referee during the finals of the IQA Quidditch World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany.   (Andrew Nguyen)

  • Team Australia keeper Callum Mayling slips the quaffle past the keeper from Team Germany.

    Team Australia keeper Callum Mayling slips the quaffle past the keeper from Team Germany.   (Andrew Nguyen)

  • Players from Team UK huddle for a pep talk prior to the bronze-medal game against Team Canada.

    Players from Team UK huddle for a pep talk prior to the bronze-medal game against Team Canada.   (Andrew Nguyen)

  • Even after being tackled to the ground, Team Canada chaser Steve Kimball looks for a pass.

    Even after being tackled to the ground, Team Canada chaser Steve Kimball looks for a pass.   (Andrew Nguyen)

  • Team UK seeker Luke Twist (centre) jumps in the air after catching the snitch to defeat Team Canada to win the bronze medal.

    Team UK seeker Luke Twist (centre) jumps in the air after catching the snitch to defeat Team Canada to win the bronze medal.   (Andrew Nguyen )

  • Team Australia keeper Callum Mayling forces his way through four players on Team USA to score a goal.

    Team Australia keeper Callum Mayling forces his way through four players on Team USA to score a goal.   (Andrew Nguyen)

  • Team Canada chaser Devin Dutt (centre) is tackled near the hoops by Team Catalonia keeper Marc Garganté Oliva during pool play.

    Team Canada chaser Devin Dutt (centre) is tackled near the hoops by Team Catalonia keeper Marc Garganté Oliva during pool play.   (Andrew Nguyen)

  • The crowd reacts as Team Australia seeker Dameon Osborn lays on the ground after catching the snitch.

    The crowd reacts as Team Australia seeker Dameon Osborn lays on the ground after catching the snitch.   (Andrew Nguyen )

  • Team USA keeper Jayke Archibald makes a diving shot while on a breakaway.

    Team USA keeper Jayke Archibald makes a diving shot while on a breakaway.   (Andrew Nguyen)

  • Luke Derrick (centre) holds his hands on top of his head after Team Australia catches the snitch to defeat Team USA during the finals.

    Luke Derrick (centre) holds his hands on top of his head after Team Australia catches the snitch to defeat Team USA during the finals.   (Andrew Nguyen )

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