Usta News

WBTF 2021 World Championship postponed( Mon, Feb 1 00:02:AM)

We deeply regret the need to inform you of the following announcement.

The World Baton Twirling Federation’s 35th World Championship is once again being postponed. It will not be re-scheduled until late in the year 2022 at the earliest.

At the Annual WBTF Board Meeting on Saturday, January 30, the member country presidents voted to postpone the 2021 World Cup and to discuss rescheduling it at a later time/next year. Before the official vote, three thorough scientific/medical reports were presented to the board. Based on the data, the decision was overwhelmingly conclusive to postpone the World Championship.

Please note: This decision will have a domino affect on the IBTF World Championship and Nations Cup, currently scheduled for 2022. As a result, the IBTF Qualifier events will NOT be held at the 2021 U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida this July. A revised national schedule will be released shortly.

The United States Twirling Association continues to keep the health and safety of all our members at the forefront. This decision by the WBTF Board makes it now necessary for the U.S. Twirling Association’s Board of Directors to continue its very serious considerations as to what its best practices, procedures and protocols are for the sport in this country. Our priority is, and always has been, the health and wellbeing of our athletes, coaches and members.

As a national sport federation, we are extremely disappointed for all the athletes and coaches who have been committed to vying for a spot on Team USA for the WBTF World Championship. We understand the significant impact this decision has on our sport and athletes. We are firm in our moral and ethical obligation to keep all of our members safe from harm to the extent within our control.

As decisions are made concerning the remainder of the 2021 season and the future events of the WBTF and IBTF, please check regularly.  U.S. Technical Advisor, Sandi Rios will also regularly communicate as to the status of the sport in the United States.

Karen Cammer, President
United States Twirling Association