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This article was published 5/8/2016 (350 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
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.