WMA scrambles to revive website after someone pulled the plug

Nicolas Russi

Nicolas Russi

The World Masters Athletics website has been offline since late August, and now we know why: “It looks like the current host provider (NICOLAS RUSSI of Switzerland, mediasprint gmbh) turned everything off without giving anyone a heads up,” says Jeff Brower, current WMA webmaster. “So we’re working feverishly to get the new website up. Hopefully have everything running within a week.” I interviewed Nicolas in 2002 and hope to reach him for comment. One of my questions: Is mediasprint gmbh still in business? (The company website is down, fersure.) According to a Swiss business site, mediasprint is “in liquidation.” ICANN says Nick registered the WMA site in November 2001 and expiration of the domain name is 2016-11-12. So Jeff has time to re-up. Otherwise, it’s fair game for a squatter. Best of luck to WMA on sorting out this mess. In the meantime, if you want to check records and stuff, you can see the latest copy of the WMA site (as of Aug. 4, 2016) via archive.org.

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September 6, 2016

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  1. Ken Stone - September 14, 2016

    Looks like the old domain name is dead for good.

    But WMA webmaster Jeff Brower is making progress on new site:

    Design is decidedly retro, but at least the records PDFs are accessible here:

  2. Ken Stone - September 20, 2016

    On Sept. 10, WMA President Stan Perkins posted this note to Facebook:

    Apologies for the problems with the website for WMA. A new website is under development and arrangements that had been made to keep the old website online until the end of September to allow a seamless change over were wrecked when the old website was removed without notice. We are working as fast as we can to get the new site online.

  3. Ken Stone - September 22, 2016

    The old domain is back up, but with new design:

    Front page says: “Welcome to our NEW Website! Some pages have not been rebuilt yet, but they will be restored soon.” Several pages say: “We are in the process of restoring this content. Check Back Soon.”

    Meanwhile, WMA Twitter account hasn’t been used since 2013:

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