Tenpin Bowling is taking centre stage at Expo 2020 in Dubai!
First held in the iconic Crystal Palace in London in 1851, World Expos have provided a platform to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped our lives and in exciting news from the International Bowling Federation, the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will host all 2021 IBF Super World Championships finals and medal ceremonies.
The 2021 IBF Super World Championships are currently underway at the Dubai International Bowling Centre in the United Arab Emirates and although COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented Australia fielding teams, Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) ambassador Jason Belmonte and TBA CEO Rohan O’Neill have been invited to attend the finals which will be played on custom-installed QubicaAMF lanes in the centre of the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The new IBF World Championship formats and schedule aim to showcase Bowling as a popular spectator sport and gain the world’s attention in its continued quest to become an Olympic sport.
“Australia is a global leader in sport and having the IBF Super World Championships finals hosted in the Australian Pavillion at the Expo 2020 Dubai is hugely exciting,” explained O’Neill. “Sport plays a wonderful role in uniting communities across the world, and TBA is rapt to be supporting the IBF and the Australian government on this unique initiative. We are certainly building some momentum as a sport and having the finals of the World Championships in a custom-made arena situated in the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai is incredible.”
World #1 tenpin bowler, owner of 25 Professional Bowling Association (PBA) titles including 13 major championships and TBA Ambassador, Jason Belmonte is also travelling to Dubai to continue his lobbying efforts for the sport’s involvement in future Olympics.
“The opportunity to spotlight our sport at Expo 2022 Dubai to a global audience, including senior members of the Royal family and other VIP’s is fantastic and I’m especially proud that this will be taking place in the Australian Pavilion,” Belmonte said.
“We believe Bowling is a perfect sport for inclusion in the Olympic Games and that’s what we ultimately want to achieve. The announcement that Brisbane will host the 2032 Games has added further impetus to our determination to make this a reality,” he continued.
“As Rohan says, our sport is building momentum, and I’m delighted we’ll be involved in this unique opportunity to expand Bowling’s image and reputation on the world stage,” he added.
To follow all the action from the IBF World Championship, download the new IBF app – Strikecloud or head over to the IBF website for all the results. Also keep an eye on TBA’s socials over the next few days, with Jason Belmonte and Rohan O’Neill sharing their experiences from the 2021 IBF Super World Championships and Expo 2020 Dubai.
Credit to the International Bowling Federation for all photos.