ARLINGTON, Texas – The U.S. Bowling Congress has postponed USBC U.S. 2021 Team Tests due to COVID-19-related public health concerns, restrictions, and recommendations.
Following schedule and location changes based on suggested best practices and social distance protocols, slate was held at two bowling alleys in the Indianapolis area since Jan. 2-7, but the current COVID-19 metrics in the region, and many other states, suggest that it is not reasonable to hold the event at this time.
The current U.S. 2020 team schedule will move forward and will represent Team USA in the 2021 competitions.
“For months, our staff has been designing and creating protocols to operate the US 2021 Team Trials,” said USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy. “Unfortunately, we are seeing disease levels and the ability of hospitals to move anxiously. In addition, nearly 100 athletes have withdrawn from the event and requested a refund.
“We are disappointed to deliver this news but believe the decision is in the best interests of the athletes and the wider community.”
As the national governing body for the sport of bowling, as recognized by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, USBC looks to the USOPC for guidance. Earlier this month, the USOPC announced that all of its Colorado Springs training centers would close through January 14, 2021, due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and concerns about the system. local health care.
In addition, several states currently require quarantine when returning from travel to other states. These requirements may prevent some athletes from participating in the event.
“The outlook for the new year remains positive, and vaccines appear to be on the horizon,” Murphy said. our national competition in 2021. “
The next events on the schedule for the USBC and Professional Women’s Bowling Association are the PWBA Kickoff Classic Series in Arlington from January 18-26 and the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, from February 21-28.
At the moment, schedules and venues for both events, as well as the start of USBC’s 2020-2021 College season in January, remain unchanged.
A further update around US21 national event will be made on or before January 15.
For more information on the 2021 competition schedule, visit BOWL.com/Tournaments.