Mailbag: Worlds Outside the US, Overuse Injuries

Do we need to start worrying about players getting hurt?

Worlds here? Photo: Eino Ansio, Disc Golf World Tour

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Q: Worlds was played in 2016 in Emporia and next year it will return there again. There have been only four other venues in between. If we compare this to World Championships in other sports, this is unheard of.

If the courses at Emporia were extremely good, I would maybe understand it, but, in my opinion, the Emporia courses are not top-notch at all. Both Jones Gold and Emporia Country Club are located next to a noisy freeway, and they are extremely open courses with lots of fake OB. If it wasn’t for the amazing hole 16, how attractive would ECC really be?

Disc golf is growing extremely fast, and Worlds is the biggest tournament. When we want to grow the sport, are these the courses we want to showcase for the huge crowd of new viewers in the couch next summer?

When Emporia was chosen to host Worlds (originally for 2021 but now for 2022), nobody knew about either the birth of Airborn Preserve nor the oncoming COVID-19 pandemic. Otherwise, Worlds next year might have been played at some beautiful courses, maybe in Minnesota at the Preserve and Blue Ribbon Pines. Or in Finland. Or at Prince Edward Island in Canada. Because it’s a World Championship, right, not a US Championship? In addition to that, nowadays, a TD can more or less sit wherever he/she wants and organize a World Championship tournament. But I guess it’s way too late to change location now…

Isn’t it time for the era of US-only Worlds to come to an end?

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