2019-12-09 14:39 Ming Zheng

Ivan Li Ka Leong (李嘉亮) won Big 'n Blind Guangzhou 2019 with an average of 27.60 seconds in the 4x4x4 Cube event. Xuming Wang (王旭明) finished second (30.43) and Zixuan Liu (刘子瑄) finished third (34.51).
Full results are on the Cubing China page.
Asia records: Kaijun Lin (林恺俊) 4x4x4 Blindfolded 1:18.90 (single).
Hong Kong records: Ivan Li Ka Leong (李嘉亮) 5x5x5 Cube 49.30 seconds (average), Victor Tang Yao Jun (湯曜駿) 3x3x3 Blindfolded 44.45 seconds (average), Victor Tang Yao Jun (湯曜駿) 3x3x3 Blindfolded 38.15 seconds (single), Victor Tang Yao Jun (湯曜駿) 5x5x5 Blindfolded 5:38.42 (single), Chan Hay Yin (陳希言) 3x3x3 Multi-Blind 9/10 45:05 (single).
China records: Xuming Wang (王旭明) 6x6x6 Cube 1:25.79 (single).

2019-12-04 21:18 Tianyu Zhao

Dear WCA Community,

After a full year of feedback and review, the WRC and the WCA Board have come to the conclusion that 3x3x3 with Feet should be removed from the list of official WCA events as previously planned, on January 1, 2020. Although it is clear that some people will be significantly impacted, there has not been a significant change in participation in the event throughout 2019. 3x3x3 with Feet remains the least popular speedsolving event by a significant margin, and concerns from organizers about hygiene and logistics remain.

We know that this outcome is disappointing for many community members, and understand the frustration that removing an event from the official list will have a significant impact on its popularity. However, any competition is still welcome to hold it as an unofficial event, and organizers may allow competitors with medical considerations to compete using feet during 3x3x3 Speed Solving. (See Guideline 5b+ and Regulation 2s.)

We also welcome suggestions to bridge the gap between unofficial and official events. For example:

  • Making it easy to sign up for unofficial events during official registration.
  • Having a standard place for unofficial results from WCA competitions.

We would also like to take this time to apologize for the flaws in the process used for this decision. We have learned greatly from the community's feedback, and will prioritize a clear and transparent process for event changes in the future.

2019-12-04 20:34 Tianyu Zhao

The WCA Quality Assurance Committee (WQAC) is seeking new members to help them with their mission! Applications are open to everyone and community members not currently holding a WCA position are encouraged to apply.

What does the WQAC do?
The WQAC is responsible for developing and ensuring quality standards within the WCA. This includes producing educational material for the WCA Community and ensuring that Staff Members throughout the organization maintain the required skills for their positions. The WQAC will be highly involved in the work that WCA Delegates perform and will look into quality concerns in various communities.

The official rights and duties of the WQAC are documented in WCA Motion 10.2019.4.

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