24 spots up for grabs for 8th World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei


    Chinese Taipei

    Qualifying tournaments in America, Asia and Europe

    2009WGLogo_small.jpg The World Games are a kind of "Olympic Games" for the most popular non-Olympic sports. Contested in the years following the Games of the Olympiad, the 8th World Games 2009 will be held in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei from July 16-26, 2009.

    31 sports - Air Sport, Archery, Billiards, Bodybuilding, Boules Sports, Bowling, Canoe Polo, Climbing, DanceSport, Fin Swimming, Fistball, Flying Disc, Gymnastics, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Korfball, Lifesaving, Orienteering, Powerlifting, Racquetball, Roller Sport, Rugby 7s, Squash, Sumo, Tug of War, Water Ski, Beach Handball, Dragon Boat, Softball, Tchoukball and Wushu - will hold their qualifying events for the 8th World Games.

    Traditionally a medal sport in the World Games, the 3-day bowling competition will be held at Happy Bowling Alley in Kaohsiung from July 20-22.

    24 spots are up for grabs, eight for each of the three FIQ/WTBA zones America, Asia and Europe. Each country will send one female and one male bowler to the Games who will compete for medals in three disciplines, Mixed Doubles and men's and women's Singles.

    Each zone has its own qualifier to determine the eights spots for Kaohsiung:

    Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Qualifier
    PABCON Championship of the Champions, June 2-6, 2008 in San Salvador, El Salvador

    Asian Bowling Federation Qualifier
    20th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, July 4-11, 2008 in Hong Kong
    Live coverage on www.bowlingdigital.com

    European Tenpin Bowling Federation
    European Champions Cup, October 20-26, 2008 in Duisburg, Germany
    Live coverage on www.bowlingdigital.com

    Ron Froehlich, President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), has announced recently that the IWGA Executive Committee has decided that to return to Germany in 20013.

    Pending ratification by the Annual General Meeting in June 2008, the 9th World Games will be held in two German cities, Duisburg and Duesseldorf. Duisburg was the host of the 2005 Games, which were a spectacular success.