2013 World Bowling Championships strikes worldwide interest

    10/19/10

    WTBA News

    Abu Dhabi, Munich and Las Vegas still in the race; WTBA decides host city on Dec. 2

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    Since the start of the bidding process in April, the WTBA has narrowed the race for the 2013 World Bowling Championships down to three cities: Abu Dhabi (UAE), Munich (Germany) and Henderson/Las Vegas (USA).

    The candidates will undergo inspection visits from the World Tenpin Bowling Association in November and the decision about the host city will be made at the WTBA Presidium Meeting in Lausanne on December 2 2010.

    Combining the men's and women's tournaments with two congresses and other meetings, the World Bowling Championship in 2013 will be bigger than ever with up to 2,000 athletes, officials, families and friends coming together to celebrate a sport with Olympic ambitions.

    The WTBA has recently taken the initiative to modernize the World Bowling Championship concept to make it more attractive for potential hosts, athletes and spectators. The WTBA wants to ensure that the Bowling World Championships continue to play a key role in its long-term strategy of becoming an Olympic sport.

    The efforts have helped popularize Tenpin Bowling as well as develop a strong connection between the sport and the previous host cities. Through the bidding process, WTBA will select a host city based on the most visionary proposal that can enhance the scope, presentation and marketing of the Championships and the sport of bowling.

    WTBA President, Kevin Dornberger, United States, said: "We are thrilled to see that our efforts to continually raise the standards of our World Championships, while making it accessible to our worldwide membership, have generated such an enthusiastic response from around the world. This year, we have a strong field of candidate cities which is vital for bowling's continual development as a global sport and its drive for Olympic inclusion."

    Having 2,800,000 registered bowlers spread across 113 member federations and a further estimated 175 million recreational bowlers around the world, it is not surprising that WTBA's reformatted World Championships in 2013 has been received with such enthusiasm.