LAUSANNE – The World Bowling Tour yesterday announced the cancellation of tournaments that were set to be staged in the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia next month. The changes leave December’s Qatar Open and PBA World Series of Bowling events to finish off the remainder of the World Bowling Tour season for 2016 before the finals in February.
The tournament in the United Arab Emirates was scheduled to be a PBA Tour title event on the PBA International-World Bowling Tour, and its cancellation comes just a week before it was set to begin on Nov. 1 at Khalifa International Bowling Centere in Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi. The Kuwait event, the 13th Kuwait International Open, was scheduled to begin on Nov. 10 at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, while the 10th Kingdom International Open was set to begin the following week on Nov. 18 at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh.
World Bowling CEO, Kevin Dornberger, said, “We regret to inform our fans of the late cancellations but our supporters can rest assured that the same events will take place in 2017, with the full list of host cities and dates being announced next month.”
Dornberger also said a full restructuring of the tour was underway. “We are currently working hard to completely revamp the tour for its 2018 installment," he revealed. "World Bowling are involving many parties and industry specialists to bring a more professionalized tour focusing on better performance conditions for the athletes and more viewership opportunities to increase our growing fan base and partnership prospects.” The changes will follow a modernized rebranding of the tour, the first stages of which will be launched next month with a new World Bowling Tour logo being released.