Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pan American Championships - Reporting errors

Contrary to what The Racquetball Blog reported earlier, it now appears that Fernando Rios of Ecuador did not beat Mexican Polo Gutierrez in the Round of 16 on Wednesday at the Pan American Championships in Cali, Colombia. Gutierrez won.

It's yet another example of how results have been incorrectly reported at an international racquetball event. It really calls into question the professionalism of the people running these events.

We understand that everyone is human, and humans occasionally make errors. But these errors should not happen at every event. And this isn't even the first time such an error has happened at this event, as the result for the preliminary round women's doubles match between Canada and Bolivia was incorrectly posted.

Currently, we see that the result for the match between Bolivians Jenny Daza Navia and Carola Loma is posted as Loma winning 15-6, 15-4. But we're not sure if we can believe that, because Daza Navia was the second seed having beaten Rhonda Rajsich (USA) in the preliminary round. Hence, Loma was the lower seed (as Rios was against Gutierrez), and if she won, it would be a significant upset.

Maybe Loma did win. But we feel now that we need a second source to confirm this information, and perhaps any information from Cali.

To say this state of affairs is disappointing is understatement.

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