NARMA releases statement regarding US players to WRC; Adams replaces Wu as Salt Lake qualifier *UPDATED*

Update: 4PM CST

Following the statement released on Friday regarding criteria used to select US applicants for the five seats in the American quota, the World Riichi Championship has received confirmation from all players.

The players invited to represent the U.S. in Vienna are:

  • Claire Pozniak
  • Zach Francks
  • Steve Augustin
  • Austin Tai
  • Michael McLeod

Congratulations, players! Good fortune to everyone playing in Vienna this summer!

WRC Statement Released Through NARMA

Last Friday, the World Riichi Championship, through the North American Riichi Mahjong Association, published a statement that it has selected the players that will be invited to fill the five WRC seats allocated to the United States. The statement addresses the decision making process used in absence of a national player ranking system.

The World Riichi Championship has selected the five players that will be invited to represent the United States at WRC 2020: Vienna. 

As of the publishing of this article, the actual list of players hasn’t been released. When I reached out to the WRC for comment they stated, “WRC has not received confirmation from all selected US players and will wait for those confirmations before publishing a full list.”

Salt Lake Qualifier Winner Steps Back From WRC

On Saturday, WRC also released a statement on their Facebook page announcing that Salt Lake Qualifier winner Haolun Wu has declined his invitation citing work commitments. Ryan Adams of Panhandle Mahjong in Florida has replaced him as the runner-up.

Unfortunately Haolun Wu, the winner of the Salt Lake qualifier, has been unable to take up his seat due to work…

Posted by World Riichi Championship on Saturday, March 7, 2020

Congratulations, Ryan!