To celebrate the 11th World Gateball Championship gateball.com.au will be publishing 11 updates in 11 days followed by daily updates of news and results during the competition. 600 competitors in 96 teams from 20 countries/regions are travelling to Niigata, Japan for the Championships.
The coutdown will cover:
11 days to go – Review of 2010 Gateball World Championship
10 days to go – Venue Preview/Road to Niigata
9 days to go – Canberra Team Profile
8 days to go – What is a Winning Score in Japan?
7 days to go – Tamborine Mountain Raptors Team Profile
6 days to go – Message from the Prime Minister
5 days to go – Southport Team Profile
4 days to go – Tournament Information
3 days to go – Australian Referees/Tournament Weather Forecast
2 days to go – Analysis of the Draw
1 day to go – Lead-up in Japan
World Championship Commences
Review of 2010 Gateball World Championship
The previous World Gateball Championship was held four years ago in Shanghai, China.
With over 600 competitors and 108 referees the 2010 World Gateball Championship was far from the largest gateball tournament by participants but it was certainly the best resourced and most extravagant gateball tournament ever. Highlights included:
- Custom built venue with 12 perfectly manicured grass and 6 artificial grass courts
- A Gateball Museum and China Gateball Exhibition Hall
- Spectacular opening and closing ceremonies
- Large crowds
- Extensive media coverage including a live telecast of the closing ceremony
The five Australian teams collectively won 3 wins of their 15 matches and were unsuccessful in reaching the knockout phase. Australian teams fought hard and many results were close throughout with the opposition getting away in the last few minutes. Southport and Canberra recorded wins with Canberra finishing second in their block.
Australia’s participation in the 2014 World Gateball Championship has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation.