The 2021 Pokémon World Championships Have Been Delayed

The 2021 Pokémon World Championships Have Been Delayed

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It looks like the 2021 Pokémon World Championships are no longer taking place this year.

On the Pokémon website, it was announced that the 2021 Pokémon World Championships have been delayed. They will now take place in London in 2022. The reason that the Pokémon Company gave for the delay was for the safety and well-being of their competitors, organizers, employees, local communities, and partners. 

"After careful review and pursuant to guidance set forth by local , regional, and national health authorities, as well as the World Health Organization, Public Health England, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have made the difficult decision to move out the next Pokémon World Championships to 2022," the Pokémon Company stated. "This event is planned to take place in London, UK.

"Thank you to our millions of players, fans, organizers, and Professors around the world for their continued support and understanding. The Pokémon International Championships and the Pokémon World Championships are meaningful occasions to us and the player community, and we look forward to when we can all see each other and compete again." 

The Pokémon Company also stated that with the continued suspension of the Play! Pokémon event series, all sanctioned Play! Pokémon events including League Challenge, League Cup, Premier Challenge, and Midseason Showdown will remain suspended until further notice. All players that were invited to the 2021 Pokémon World Championships will still be able to participate in the 2022 Pokémon World Championships. It was also mentioned that the Pokémon Company will continue to support competitive online play through their new series, Pokémon Players Cup, as well as the Play! Pokémon Team Challenge. The Pokémon Company also stated that they will support their retail partners through League at Home. 

The latest mainline games in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sword and Shield, are available now for the Nintendo Switch. 

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