The sport of Quidditch is to change its name in order to distance itself from Harry Potter author JK Rowling. The sport, inspired by the wizarding game in the Harry Potter books, will now be known as quadball. The International Quidditch Association said it was joining US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch in changing its name. "We are confident in this step and we look forward to all the new opportunities quadball will bring. This is an important moment in our sport’s history, and I personally am thrilled to be a part of it," Chris Lau, IQA Board Of Trustees Chairman. USQ and MLQ will own the trademark for “quadball” in the US. The IQA will enter into a license agreement to also use the term. The trademark for “Quidditch” is owned by the Warner Brothers film and entertainment company. The sport is currently played by nearly 600 teams in 40 countries around the world.
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