Purdue Intercollegiate Quidditch Association have confirmed, in an exclusive statement made to the Quidditch Post, that they will no longer be attending World Cup 8. The bid was then offered to Southern Illinois University (which did not complete its gameplay requirements) and (as confirmed by coach Brandon Gillespie) Eastern Michigan University, both of which declined the bid.
“It saddens me to report that Purdue Quidditch will be unable to attend World Cup 8,” confirmed Alec Rife, Head Coach of Purdue Quidditch. “Although several factors influenced this decision, none were more pertinent than our lack of personnel. On behalf of the entire club, I would like to apologize to the USQ for our short notice, to Tufts for any inconveniences this may cause them in their first round matchup, and to any of the potential World Cup participants that will be unable to accept our bid in this short amount of time. We believe our club has done a lot to earn a good reputation within the quidditch community and we hope this decision does not reflect poorly on the club in the future.”
The bid will likely be offered to Wooster Scottish Nationals, and Coach Emma Kahn has indicated that the team will accept the bid. Wooster has completed all of its gameplay requirements.
"We are extremely excited for the opportunity to play in World Cup," Kahn said. "We understand this is extremely last minute, but we're going to go into the competition giving it our all."