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Showdown: European Championships announcement

Date: December 20, 2023

Category: Showdown

The IBSA Executive Board has approved Bulgaria’s bid to host the 2024 European Showdown Championships. The event will be held at the prestigious 5-star hotel Marinela in the heart of the country’s capital, Sofia, from August 5th to 11th, 2024.

The championship will be played using Danish balls on six Czech tables. A new country’s quota system has been developed by the IBSA showdown committee. The criteria are as follows:

* Each IBSA member country from Europe may enter two women and two men.

* Players ranked in the top 12 of the international rankings in each category on February 28th, 2024, will automatically qualify, subject to the following restrictions:

* The host country is entitled to enter one additional woman and one additional man.

* All the above criteria apply until a country reaches a total of 3 women and 3 men.

A wild card system will be implemented under the following conditions and used if necessary (if the category has not yet reached 32 participants):

If a country chooses to send fewer participants than its allowed quota, spots will be filled in by offering wild cards in the respective categories, considering:

* The next position in the international ranking starts in 13th place.

* The player in question is not already registered.

* The player’s country of origin has not already filled the maximum quota in the respective category.

These wild cards will be offered to potential candidates once regular registrations are complete.

More detailed information will be available shortly in the calendar section of the IBSA showdown website.

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