London to host 2020 Pokémon World Championships, UK player Teddy French named runner-up in 2019 Junior Division

The UK will play host to the Pokémon World Championships in 2020, it’s been confirmed.
The announcement came during the closing ceremony of the 2019 World Championships, which took place in Washington on the weekend. It was later confirmed on the official Pokémon Twitter account:

The news comes after it was announced that a Pokémon pop-up shop will be opening in London this October.
The Pokémon World Championships is an invitation-only event held in a different location every year, for which players can qualify by competing in various local, regional, and international tournaments.
The best trainers from around the world attended the 16th annual event in Washington last weekend, playing Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Pokken Tournament DX and the the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG). More than 7,000 players and fans attended live.
Young British player Teddy French finished runner-up in the Junior Division of the 2019 Pokémon Video Game World Championships on the weekend, losing out to Taiwan’s Pi Wu in the final. This division is for those born in 2008 or later.
This year’s champions were awarded a one-of-a-kind Pokémon World Championships trophy (one of which broke after the winner received it), an invitation to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships, and a monetary prize in the form of a scholarship, cash prize, or Travel Certificate. The prize pool this year totaled more than $500,000.
 

2019 winners and runners-up


 

2019 POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Junior Division Finalists 
World Champion: Haruki Miyamoto [JPN]
Second Place: Isaac Terceira [USA]
Senior Division Finalists 
World Champion: Kaya Lichtleitner [DEU]
Second Place: Grant Shen [USA]
Masters Division Finalists 
World Champion: Henry Brand [AUS]
Second Place: Shintaro Ito [JPN]
 

2019 POKÉMON VIDEO GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Junior Division Finalists 
World Champion: Pi Wu [TWN]
Second Place: Teddy French [GBR]
Senior Division Finalists 
World Champion: Ko Tsukide [JPN]
Second Place: Lewis Tan [AUS]
Masters Division Finalists 
World Champion: Naoto Mizobuchi [JPN]
Second Place: Hirofumi Kimura [JPN]
 

2019 POKKÉN TOURNAMENT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Senior Division Finalists 
World Champion: ashninja1 [USA]
Second Place: Kato [JPN]
Masters Division Finalists 
World Champion: Subutan [JPN]
Second Place: Haruyuki [JPN]

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