The 2012 WFDF World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) in Sakai, Japan came to a close with a convincing victory by Team USA over Great Britain 17-5 in the Open division finals. Hosts Japan secured the World Championship title in the Women's division on their home fields cheered by a crowd of nearly 4'800 spectators to win 17-13 over USA. Japan (Red) won the World Guts Championship title during WUGC, beating USA 2-0 in the Guts division final. Japan (White) secured the Bronze medal in the Guts division by defeating Australia 2-0.
Canada secured the Mixed division World Championship title by beating Australia 17-13 in the final. In the Open Masters division, Canada bested Australia 17-13. The USA took gold in the Women`s Masters division over Canada 15-13.
65 teams featuring some 1400 players from 23 nations participated in the five Ultimate divisions Open, Women's, Mixed, Open Masters and Women's Masters division in this second time the WUGC had been held in Japan (the previous one was in 1992).
During the Closing Ceremony WFDF President Robert "Nob" Rauch thanked the members of the tournament organizing committee Fumio Morooka (Japan Flying Disc Association (JFDA) and TOC President), Masakazu Honda (Tournament Director) and Makoto Ohi (Executive Director). "Twenty years after the last WUGC in Japan, the 2012 edition of WUGC was a huge success for the JFDA," commented Rauch. "WFDF entrusted JFDA with the organization of our World Championships shortly after the Fukushima disaster and our hosts did not disappoint us. They gave the players and the entire flying disc world the top quality event that they have come to expect from a WFDF sanctioned championship."
Countries Qualifying for the 2013 World Games Announced
The World Ultimate and Guts Championships served as the qualifying event for The World Games 2013, to be held in Cali, Colombia, on 28-30 July 2013. The mixed teams from USA, Canada, Great Britain, Colombia, Australia and hosts Japan have earned their spots in the tournament next year.
The results of the medal games:
Open division: USA defeats Great Britain 17-5 (Gold medal game) Canada defeats Sweden 17-8 (Bronze medal game) Spirit of the Game award winners: Philippines
Women`s division: Japan defeats USA 17-13 (Gold medal game) Canada defeats Colombia 16-12 (Bronze medal game) Spirit of the Game award winners: Canada
Mixed division: Canada defeats Australia 17-9 (Gold medal game) Japan defeats USA 15-13 (Bronze medal game) Spirit of the Game award winners: South Africa
Open Masters division: Canada defeats Australia 17-13 (Gold medal game) Japan defeats USA 17-14 (Bronze medal game) Spirit of the Game award winners: New Zealand
Women`s Masters division: USA defeats Canada 15-13 (Gold medal game) Japan defeats Australia 17-8 (Bronze medal game) Spirit of the Game award winners: Germany
Guts Open division: Japan (Red) defeats USA 2-0 (Gold medal game) Japan (White) defeats Australia 2-0 (Bronze medal game) Spirit of the Game award winners: Australia