The World Giggling Championships have been thrown into disarray by the disqualification of current world champion, Todd Anderson of Australia, for the crime of 'chortling' in a second round match against Spaniard Luis Lopez. Anderson claimed the 'chortle' was the first of his two permitted 'guffaws'. Audio playback was inconclusive, splitting former players down the line.
The umpire's decision, later upheld by the tournament referee following an appeal from the Anderson camp, could lead to a split in the sport with Anderson and other leading gigglers setting up a rival Freestyle Giggling circuit where chortling and chuckling would both be permitted during matchplay. Sniggerers are still likely to be disappointed.