Bowling’s Best Head to Tokyo for the Bowling World Open

LAUSANNE, Thursday July 9 –  The world’s richest bowling event in 2015, the Bowling World Open, has begun this morning in central Tokyo. As part of the World Bowling Tour, the event will host the best men and women bowlers from 52 countries around the globe. Here they will join Japan’s greatest athletes to compete for a total prize pool of JPY 48,000,000 (Approx. US$390,000) and the chance to earn double ranking points in the World Bowling Tour.  Showcasing the best that bowling has to offer, the competition will be broadcast by TV Tokyo and its six network stations. With the great interest and popularity of the sport of Bowling, as well as the rising success of home grown bowling heroes, the event is expected to draw a large crowd of Japanese spectators.

Japan’s best chances to take out the big prize are Daisuke Yoshida and Shusaku Asato who won the silver medal in last year’s World Bowling Men’s Championship Doubles event. Yoshida and Asato will compete alongside big name superstars Jason Belmonte from Australia and the USA’s Chris Barnes.   In addition to these top class events, the competition will also showcase a unique exhibition series with mixed-gender teams and a section for para-bowling.  Such additional classes highlight the sports accessibility.

This year’s Bowling World Open event will take place in the State of the art Minamisuma Bowling Arena in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and the Makuhari Messe that will have a temporary lane construction built-in to the extraordinary convention centre to house the main portion of the tournament.

The Bowling World Open runs until July 12th.  For more information on the Bowling World Open go to

About The World Bowling Tour: The World Bowling Tour is sanction by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling. The tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe. Men and women compete for points to earn places on The World Bowling Tour rankings. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from 2014 and 2015. For more information on World Bowling or the World Bowling Tour, visit


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