Japan Cup: It’s not dead yet

by Bob Johnson 0

Rumors have been circulating that the Japan Cup — an annual post-season event which has seen numerous American pros invited to Japan to compete with Japan PBA stars — has been canceled for 2011.

However, according to sources close to the tournament, this is not true.

At least, not yet.

Officials are working behind the scenes in an attempt to keep the tournament alive, and a definitive resolution is expected soon.

The bottom line at the moment: American pros who could gain eligibility for the Japan Cup should not make alternate plans for next September just yet.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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