If you using 2.041, then problem with non-ASCII symbols should be fixed. So it might be something else.. Do you see any error messages in server command window, below "starting on 127.0.0.1:8000..."? If not, make any change to your championship to trigger r2la_settings.json creation. For example, press "Edit championship" on any championship, and press "Save changes" on "Edit championship" page. Look at command window again for error message.