Dear WCA Community,
At Longhorn Cube Day 2017 a competitor [under 18 years old] used an invalid puzzle with an overlay sticker during the third round of 3x3x3 Blindfolded. This incident has generated special attention as it affects a single result of 17.35 seconds, which would be the new 3x3x3 Blindfolded World Record.
The WCA Regulations require that puzzles must be approved by a WCA Delegate. Unfortunately, this was not done before the round, so the delegates of the competition decided to grant the competitor provisional extra attempts for this round. The WRC has now decided that the provisional extra attempts should replace the original attempts. The results will be changed from DNF, DNF, 17.35 to 29.40, 21.78, DNF.
We are very sorry for the competitor. However, we would like to remind that the WCA Regulations require every competitor to be familiar with the Regulations and to only provide puzzles that comply with all Regulations. As the Regulations were broken in the original attempts and there are valid replacement attempts, we believe this is the correct decision. This decision is also consistent with several precedents at other competitions and it would be unfair to treat this incident differently only because it involves a potential record-breaking result.
Laura Ohrndorf, on behalf of the WCA Regulations Committee (WRC)
Dear WCA Community,
We are proud to announce the appointment of three new Senior Delegates to the World Cube Association!
For Asia East we received an application by Baiqiang Dong (董百强). After deliberation, the Board decided that Baiqiang fits the requisites for the appointment and he was elected. Baiqiang Dong (董百强) has accepted the new position.
For USA East & Canada we received applications by Dave Campbell and Tim Reynolds. After deliberation, the Board decided that both fit the requisites for the appointment. After a vote, Tim Reynolds was elected and he has accepted the new position.
For USA West we received applications by Kit Clement, Shelley Chang, and Shonathon Collins. After deliberation, the Board considered that all three fit the requisites for the appointment. After a vote, Kit Clement was elected and he has accepted the new position.
The new Seniors will be promoted immediately. The candidacy documents of those applicants willing to make them public can be found here if you are interested in viewing them.
We greatly thank the six applicants for their willingness to help the WCA and the Speedcubing community even more than they currently do now. Good luck to the new Senior Delegates in their roles!
(Posted by Lauren Clement on behalf of the World Cube Association)
Results of the Big N Blind NYC 2017 are now available.
World records: Feliks Zemdegs 5x5x5 Cube 43.21 (average).
Oceanian records: Feliks Zemdegs 4x4x4 Cube 23.28 (average), Jack Cai 3x3x3 Blindfolded 20.48 (single).
Dear WCA Community,
There will be four appointments of new WCA Committee/Team Leaders. Daniel Sheppard and Linus Frész are stepping down as Leaders of the WCA Disciplinary Committee and the WCA Communication Team, respectively. Daniel and Linus have deployed great work as Leaders, and we want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication all this time.
The World Cube Association will also be adding two brand new Advisory Committees: the WCA Ethics Committee and the WCA Quality Assurance Committee. The Ethics Committee will have the role to ensure that all the procedures followed by the WCA Staff and External Staff abide by its Code of Ethics. Also, our large growing rate makes a Quality Assurance Committee necessary, with the role to support and promote continuous quality improvement within the WCA, as well as worldwide application of quality standards to ensure consistent high quality of processes, WCA Staff, Regional Organizations, Competition Organizers, and Competition Staff.