An investigation has been opened up into the USA’s bid for the 2030 Quidditch World Cup following claims of bribery and coercion. The scandal has led to the USA’s bid being rejected before even making it to the first stages of voting. President of MACUSA, Jovian Raynott, released a statement following this.
“The claims made against the Department of Magical Sports are completely unfounded. The USA does not need the 2030 World Cup, or the European Cup. The Department of Magical Sports is working hard to create an Independent World Quidditch Competition which will extend exclusive invites to countries across the world to compete on American soil!”
If rumours are to be believed, President Raynott’s polls are at a record low in the run up to his re-election campaign this May and political pundits have stated that this new claim is baseless in a bid to improve his poll scores.
Brazil, Svalbard, and Greece appear to have a new contender for favourite as China has made a surprise bid for the 2030 Quidditch World Cup with less than hour before the bidding closed.
Whilst Taiwan, Japan, and Canada continue in the race, at what seems a tailing pace, Russia has pulled out of the bidding just 24 hours after the voting began. Inside sources informed The Daily Prophet that it was thought to be due to the fact they do not want to face another humiliating first round of voting.