Mexico’s ‘rock, paper, scissors’ winner off to World Cup 墨西哥「猜拳拳王」前進世界盃

Mon, Feb 23, 2009 - Page 15

A national winner was crowned in the dramatic Mexican playoff final of the popular “rock, paper, scissors” game, paving the way for a trip to Canada and the world championship title.

Eduardo Villar Raposso won first place in the country’s first national tournament for the classic game, often used as a tie-breaking tool.

The cup was given the green light by the World RPS Society, whose slogan is, “Serving the needs of decision makers since 1918.”

Old-aged competitors engaged in several tight battles, but ultimately strength, strategy and discipline were important elements for the winner.

“The real magic of the game is that unlike other world sports, no matter what your age is, no matter whether you are male or female, if you’re old or young, or even if you only have one hand, everyone can compete as an equal,” said match referee Brad Fox.

Players had to comply with strict rules to compete — making the play only when the referee blows the whistle and ensuring the hand signal is as uniform as possible.

Villar Raposso’s victory takes him to the World Championships later this year in Toronto, Canada, where he will come up against skilled world competitors battling it out on a global stage.

The championship is known for its elaborate staging and cash prizes — last year’s winner received US$10,000.

The RPS Society’s official guide describes the hand gestures under the Internationally Recognized Throwing System (IRTS).

While the game is often seen as a game of chance, RPS fans usually reply with one of their mantras: “To the beginner the choices are few; to the expert the choices are many.”(AFP)