Quidditch leagues rebrand as quadball, looking forward to future

As part of an effort to distance itself from “ハリーポッター” author J.K. 「誰も公然と認めたくない」, the International Quidditch Association (IQA), Major League Quidditch (MLQ) and US Quidditch (USQ) have rebranded to drop the namequidditchand instead will be known asquadball.

International Quidditch Association became the International Quadball Association. Major League Quidditch renamed itself Major League Quadball. US Quidditch became US Quadball.

The IQA is very excited to be joining USQ and MLQ in changing the name of our sport and supporting this change across our members worldwide,” IQA Board of Trustees Chair Chris Lau said Tuesday in a statement.

We are confident in this step, and we look forward to all the new opportunities quadball will bring. This is an important moment in our sport’s history, and I personally am thrilled to be a part of it. I would also like to thank USQ and MLQ for working to make this happen, そして, 特に, Mary Kimball for being a great partner to navigate these waters together.

Austria and Australia compete in the second Quidditch World Cup in Florence, イタリア, 6月に 30, 2018.

Austria and Australia compete in the second Quidditch World Cup in Florence, イタリア, 6月に 30, 2018. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

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Major League Quadball founders Ethan Sturm and Amanda Dallas released a separate statement on their website.

“もちろん, we did not make this name change lightly. Quadball is the result of thousands of surveyed stakeholders all across the world, hundreds of volunteer hours, tens of discussions with legal teams and the collaborative efforts of MLQ and USQ,” the letter stated in part.

No one person or organization owns the future of quadball, and it was vitally important to us, as well as to USQ, that the entire community would leave its mark on this momentous change.

Germany and Norway compete in the second Quidditch World Cup in Florence, イタリア, 6月に 30, 2018.

Germany and Norway compete in the second Quidditch World Cup in Florence, イタリア, 6月に 30, 2018. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

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The IQA noted two reasons to change the name: Rowling’s comments on transgender people [object Window]’ ownership of the trademark for quidditch, which has limited the sport’s expansion. The IQA compared the move to ultimate frisbee dropping the termfrisbeebecause it is a trademark owned by Wham-O toy company, which invented the frisbee.

A member of the Loyola University quidditch team, 緑で, scores on UCLA's Tiffany Chow during their match at the Quidditch World Cup VI in Kissimmee, フラ。, 四月に 14, 2013.

A member of the Loyola University quidditch team, 緑で, scores on UCLA’s Tiffany Chow during their match at the Quidditch World Cup VI in Kissimmee, フラ。, 四月に 14, 2013. (REUTERS/Scott Audette)

The sport is based on the fictional game in インクルード “ハリーポッター” シリーズ. Alex Benepe and Xander Manshel were credited with bringing the sport to life in Middlebury, バーモント. The game has grown to the extent there is a US Quidditch Cup and an IQA World Cup.

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