Well, we did it for 30 years. Karen Merrill started the ball rolling and several of us have done our best to keep it going. But we’re getting older and don’t seem to be attracting youngsters ready to take over. The pandemic is something we’d rather not deal with. We’ll miss you all come this Labor Day Weekend. But maybe next year?
With sadness, the WGPO Executive Committee and Board of Player Representatives have voted to cancel this year’s Word Cup event in Naperville, IL due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our intention is to reschedule in Naperville, IL for Summer 2021, and we are currently in discussions with the Doubletree by Hilton Lisle-Naperville regarding alternate dates. We expect to announce new dates in May, if things go smoothly.
We recognize that canceling Word Cup will be disappointing. Many of you have already made travel/hotel arrangements and will need to cancel them. Luckily, most major airlines are offering to waive change fees for this summer’s travel, but some require you to act soon. We encourage you to check with your airlines to find out what options they have available.
The Word Cup Directors will be reaching out to those who have already sent in registrations in the coming week. All entry fees and donations will be either returned or held and applied to Word Cup 2021, your choice.
Thanks to everyone for your patience during this pandemic. We look forward to the time where we can gather again to play the game we love. Stay safe until that time.
The Executive Committee, Board of Player Representatives, and Word Cup Directors
The organizers of Word Cup want you to know we are continuing to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19. Your safety and welfare are our top concerns. Working with the elected leadership of WGPO, we expect to have a final decision on whether Word Cup will proceed as scheduled by May 1. Because there is a strong chance that Word Cup in July will be affected by this pandemic, we ask that you hold off on sending in new entries until a decision is made. We want to assure you that should the event be cancelled or rescheduled, or should you decide that it’s safer for you not to attend, all entry fees or donations will be either returned or held and applied to Word Cup 2021, your choice. We miss you and are looking forward to seeing you again under safer conditions.
Mike and Lynda
Dear WGPO Directors and Players,
To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many local clubs have decided to cancel upcoming meetings. These actions are part of a nationwide effort to “flatten the curve” and save lives. The Executive Committee (EC) and Board of Player Representatives (BPR) unequivocally supports these actions.
Unlike rated tournaments, our local club system includes many clubs that are not officially affiliated with any organization. The BPR and EC recognize that we cannot mandate suspension of activities for all clubs nationwide, however, we strongly recommend the temporary suspension of all in-person club related activity until at least April 30th.
While playing our game in person is a core part of our organization’s mission, it does not allow for social distancing. People sitting in close contact, facing each other, and touching the same tiles only provides opportunities for the virus to spread within our community. We are also learning that the virus can be spread easily through people who are not yet symptomatic. The CDC makes it clear that it typically takes between 2-14 days after exposure for symptoms to appear. Simply asking those exhibiting symptoms to stay home is not an effective way to protect our club members, especially since COVID-19 has the highest death rate with one of our core demographics (those over 60).
The time for social distancing is now. Increasingly, governmental agencies are calling us to “hunker down.” WGPO asks that our clubs follow this advice.
The Executive Committee of WGPO and the Board of Player Representatives
After careful reflection and discussion with Tournament Directors and the Board of Player Representatives, the Executive Committee is announcing a suspension of all WGPO tournaments until at least April 30th. There will be ongoing review to assess whether tournaments in May and beyond will be cancelled as well. This decision was not taken lightly, but is designed to protect the health of our players and our communities in light of this serious, life-threatening illness. Additional guidance for WGPO affiliated clubs will be coming soon. Questions or concerns can be addressed to
Stay healthy, stay safe, and protect each other.