Quidditch is a real sport
14 April 2023 | 3:15 pm
Quidditch, also known as quadball since 2022, is a team sport that was created in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont, United States, and was inspired by the fictional game Quidditch in the Harry Potter books by the author J. K. Rowling.
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Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed on Friday (November 5) it has postponed the Afghanistan test in Hobart scheduled for Nov. 27 until the situation regarding the women's game in the South Asian nation becomes clearer. CA had said in September it would scrap the test if the Taliban government, which took power in August, did not allow women and girls to play the sport.
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