Karachi: Pakistan to host WESPA Youth Cup, formerly known as World Youth Scrabble Championship from January 22nd to February 7th, 2021, Tariq Pervez, Director Youth Program of Pakistan Scrabble Association announced today.
The global regulatory body of scrabble, World English-Language Scrabble Players’ Association (WESPA) has chosen Pakistan as the host for the championship being played online for the first time due to the COVID situation.
A team of highly qualified experts led by Technical Director Vali Muhammad Khubaib will organize the championship. Young Hassan Hadi Khan is chosen as the Tournament Director by WESPA. The entire management team will be from Pakistan.
16 countries across five continents will take part in the championship with each team consisting of six players. All players are under 18 years of age. For the first time, this championship is being played in a team format instead of individuals.
The teams are divided into four groups of four teams each of who will play the group stages on a round-robin league basis. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals.
Special arrangement have been made at a local pharmaceutical company’s Guesthouse which includes a commentary box and a control room equipped with high-speed internet and online monitoring equipment for the organizing team
All games will be completely surveilled by the technical team through webcams. Selected matches will be live-streamed with running commentary by the world’s leading commentators Will Anderson and Jesse Day of USA. Waseem Khatri and Daniyal Sanaullah will be doing the Urdu commentary for Pakistani viewers
Pakistan is considered one of the favorite teams to win the championship. The Pakistan team will be announced at the end of the qualifying tournament on January 17th.