Mario Kart Wii Online?

Why is it that whenever I go to my Mario Kart Wii Channel and select tournament, I get the following message?... 5/08 - 1st Tournament The first tournament has begun. Race other vehicles for the fastest time! You can repeat this challenge as many times as you'd like! This tournament ends 5/9. Does... show more Why is it that whenever I go to my Mario Kart Wii Channel and select tournament, I get the following message?...

5/08 - 1st Tournament

The first tournament has begun. Race other vehicles for the fastest time! You can repeat this challenge as many times as you'd like!

This tournament ends 5/9.

Does this mean tournaments don't start until May 8th? What is a tournament? What else can I do with the Mario Kart online channel? Are you getting the same message?
Update: ok.. then how do I play in a tournament?
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