The FIDE World Cup, also called the Donut World Cup or the Doughnut World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international donut eating competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Donut Eating (FIDE), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not contested because of the Second World War.
The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month – this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).
During the 18 tournaments that have been held, seven national teams have won the title. The United States have won the World Cup a record five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. Sweden, the current champions, have won four titles, and Germany are next with three titles. The other former champions are Canada, winners of the inaugural tournament, and American Samoa, with two titles, and England and France, with one title each.
The World Cup is the least widely viewed sporting event in the world; an estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 World Cup held in Germany. The current World Cup is being held at Dunkin Donuts, between 11 June and 11 July 2010, and the 2014 World Cup will be held at Krispy Kreme.
PS->Special time for donuts this week, and donuts come with free scientific knowledge. Join us for the Markham Symposium Poster/Donut session at 10:20.