Las Vegas to host 2015 World Seniors; Qatar to host 2016 World Singles Championships


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    2011WTBALogo.jpgAfter successful inaugural events, the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Senior Championships and World Singles Championships will return in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

    The 2015 World Senior Championships have been awarded to Sam's Town in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, while the 2016 World Singles Championships have been awarded to Doha, Qatar.

    "We were extremely excited and impressed by the way the world bowling community embraced these inaugural events and look forward to growing them even further," WTBA President and CEO Kevin Dornberger said. "Las Vegas and Qatar will be fantastic hosts, and we look forward to working with them to make our bowlers' experience second to none."

    The first World Seniors Championships was conducted last month at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas and drew 213 players age 50 and older from 33 countries.

    The 2015 event at Sam's Town is tentatively scheduled for between July and September and specific dates will be announced at a later time. Sam's Town beat out a bid from Vienna, Austria, to host the event.

    "Sam's Town is tremendously honored to be selected as the host of the World Senior Championships, and we look forward to welcoming the world's top senior bowlers back to Las Vegas in 2015," said John Sou, Vice President and General Manager of Sam's Town.

    The World Singles Championships made its debut last year in Cyprus and drew 128 players from 44 countries. The dates for the 2016 event are to be determined but Qatar beat out bids from Brussels, Belgium, and Helsinki, Finland, to host the event. Competition will be held at the 32-lane Qatar Bowling Center in the capital city of Doha.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 110 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA,