The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2020 World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) will be hosted by the city of Leeuwarden, Netherlands. WUGC will be held from Saturday 11th July to Saturday 18th July, 2020 at a combination of four venues around the central city. WFDF expects more than 2,500 athletes from over 40 countries to participate in WUGC 2020 in three divisions for Ultimate in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed and in one for Guts Frisbee.
The successful bid came from The Organizing Connection in cooperation with the Nederlandse Frisbee Bond (the Dutch Frisbee Association), with a close cooperation from the City of Leeuwarden. The organization is headed by Eric Kersten and his experienced team of Event Co-ordinators who have significant experience in hosting national and international sporting events both in and outside of Europe.
“Leeuwarden is planning to stage an event with a very unique look and feel, with the NED TOC and the city engaging in a format that the IOC has used since the successful winter Olympics of Vancouver. The aim is to provide the athletes with a cultural immersion experience, with games at several different venues around the city, but with all meals, merchandising, parties, and medal ceremonies brought together in one centralized location within the city,” said WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “Leeuwarden, as a city of around 110,000 inhabitants, through the three field locations and the "Tournament Central,“ will promote interaction of the local population and local businesses with the athletes.”
For the host Frisian city Leeuwarden, this mega-event will follow on from their experience hosting major events after being named the European Capital of Culture in 2018. "The title of cultural capital undoubtedly helped us to win the bid for the WFDF 2020 World Ultimate and Guts Championships," said alderman Sjoerd Feitsma of the municipality of Leeuwarden. "As a result, Leeuwarden is well on the map as a tourist destination, and we also have excellent facilities in the field of sport. Fortunately, the world frisbee federation has seen that as well.