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World Cup coming to Queensland

Australia has been awarded hosting rights to the new International Bowling Federation World Cup, with the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane the leading contenders to host the event, which will involve more than 750 bowlers – including those participating in the Para World Cup – from in excess of 40 nations.The field is set to include Jason Belmonte, the world’s top-ranked men’s bowler who hails from Orange in NSW, as well as Victoria’s Bec Whiting, who won the women’s event the last time a tenpin bowling World Cup was held in 2019.Tenpin Bowling Australia officials have been pleased with discussions with the Queensland government, with confirmation of the host city expected soon.“To have a strong recognised world sport, we need to have a well-recognised world event where the best bowlers from all corners of the globe can participate at the highest level,” TBA chairman Jerome Joseph said.“Having the IBF World Cup and IBF Para Bowling World Cup in Australia will truly deliver this. “The announcement will also give the sport great recognition in this country, particularly as we look ahead to the 2032 Summer Olympic Games in (Brisbane).”The IBF World Cup – which will have a new, yet-to-be confirmed format – will run from November 3-16 with the Para World Cup to follow from November 16-23.IBF president H.E. Sheikh Talal Mohammad Al-Sabah praised TBA for “leading the way with many innovations and enhancements to bring to life a mature sport in Australia”.“The hosting of the inaugural IBF World Cup … allows for TBA to build out a full athlete pathway and event portfolio over many years,” he said, “We are excited about the prospect of launching the new format in a tough sports fan and elite participation country such as Australia.”

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