Monday, August 13, 2012

2013 World Games Seedings & IRF Elections

The 16th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was the qualifying event for the 2013 World Games, which will be in Cali, Colombia July 25 to August 4.

The World Games will only have men's and women's singles divisions, and the seeding for that competition is determined by the results in Santo Domingo.

2013 World Games Seedings - Men's Singles

1. Rocky Carson (USA)
2. Polo Gutierrez (Mexico)
3. Jose Rojas (USA)
4. Gilberto Mejia (Mexico)
5. Carlos Keller (Bolivia)
6. Kris Odegard (Canada)
7. Augustin Tristan (Catalunya)
8. Shai Manzuri (Argentina)
9. Fernando Rios (Ecuador)
10. Juan Herrera (Colombia)
11. Alejandro Herrera (Colombia)
12. Tim Landeryou (Canada)
13. Teobaldo Fumero Adams (Costa Rica)
14. Cesar Castillo (Venezuela)
15. Felipe Camacho (Costa Rica)
16. Luis Reveron (Venezuela)
17. Luis Perez (Dom Rep)
18. Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador)
19. Michimune Kono (Japan)
20. Takaaki Hirose (Japan)

2013 World Games Seedings - Women's Singles

1. Paola Longoria (Mexico)
2. Jennifer Saunders (Canada)
3. Cheryl Gudinas (USA)
4. Rhonda Rajsich (USA)
5. Angela Grisar (Chile)
6. Jessica Parrilla (Mexico)
7. Naomi Wakimoto (Japan)
8. Jung Eun Ane (South Korea)
9. Carola Loma (Bolivia)
10. Maria Jose Vargas (Ecuador)
11. Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador)
12. Toshiko Sakimoto (Japan)
13. Brandi Jacobson Prentice (Canada)
14. Carla Muñoz (Chile)
15. Melania Sauma Masis (Costa Rica)
16. Cristina Cordova (Ecuador)
17. Claudine Garcia (Dom Rep)
18. Mariana Tobon (Venezuela)
19. Cristina Amaya (Colombia)
20. Anna Maldonado (Puerto Rico)

We've listed 20 players, although only 16 will play in Cali. In the case of someone being unable to play - for whatever reason - the next person in the seeding order will be invited to Cali. The missing player will not be substituted for with another player from that country who did not play at Worlds this year.

Thus, on the men's side, Luis Perez (Dominican Republic) will be invited and everyone's seeding moved up appropriately if any of the 16 men seeded above Perez are unable to play in Cali.

IRF Elections

Prior to the beginning of competition, the IRF held meetings during which a new Board of Directors was elected. This was the first election under their new constitution. Nine people were elected to the IRF Board of Directors.

The member nations elected the nine Board of Directors, and then those nine people selected the Executive Board from within their ranks. The Executive Board members will serve terms of 4 years each.

IRF Board of Directors

Yuni Cobb (USA) — Women’s Development
Carlos Ruiz (Venezuela) - South America
Estuardo Wer (Guatemala) — Central America Caribbean
Keith Calkins (USA) — President Emeritus (Non Voting Member)
Osvaldo Maggi (Argentina)
Rafael Fernandez (Dominican Republic)
Cheryl Kirk (USA)
Roberto Aracena (Bolivia)

Executive Board

Osvaldo Maggi (Argentina) — President
Rafael Fernandez (Dominican Republic) — Executive Vice President
Carlos Ruiz (Venezuela) — Treasurer
Cheryl Kirk (USA) — Secretary
Roberto Aracena (Bolivia) — At Large

Follow the bouncing ball….

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