World Bowling Tour welcomes Tokyo to its list of major events in 2015


    2015 WBT News

    Bowling World Open, a "major" on the WBT, will be held July 9-12; offers 10,000,000 million Japanese Yen (approx. US$83,000) top prize

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The World Bowling Tour has announced today it has added the Bowling World Open in Tokyo, Japan, to its list of "major" events for 2015.

    Utilizing an existing world class bowling venue and an adapted built-in lane construction to one of Tokyo's convention centers, the event is set to impress with a generous prize pool and a tournament schedule showcasing men and women athletes from around the world.

    Set to take place July 9-12, the international event amplifies the already sensational list of tour locations for 2015.

    Adapting to current structures, the competition will utilize two existing locations housed in close proximity to the Tokyo Bay Area, the state of the art Round1 Minamisuma Bowling Arena inside the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and the Makuhari Messe that will have a temporary lane construction built-in to the extraordinary convention center to house the main portion of the tournament.

    2013WTBACongressKevinDornberger.jpgThe champion's prize is set at 10,000,000 million Japanese Yen (approx. US$83,000) and both men and women are eligible for this top prize. This sum revamps the current World Bowling Tour prize pool and reflects the existing popularity of the sport in the Japan.

    The event is thoroughly backed by World Bowling and is gathering tentative support from all major government sporting entities in Japan. World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger (right) is delighted with the addition.

    "We are very happy to add Tokyo to our list of events in 2015. Japan has a strong and competitive bowling community and they have the skills to deliver a world class event."

    The schedule is set with a preliminary competition and main tournament round with a singles component and mixed doubles component. The mixed doubles has a unique format where one male bowler and one female bowler will compete together from the regions of Eurasia, Africa, the Americas and Japan in exhibition matches.

    The competition is open to 220 bowlers and has invitational spots for 140 international athletes, 70 men and 70 women.


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