Recent News on SportsDestinations.com US Wins Bid for 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens World Rugby announced that the United States has won the bid for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens. World Rugby accepted a bid put forth by USA Rugby to host the tournament, with matches to be played in both San Francisco and San Jose, CA. Professional Futsal League to Launch in USA in 2016 The newly formed Professional Futsal League (PFL) has announced expansion plans for the USA in 2016. A five-a-side derivative of soccer, futsal now has a professional home in the United States and will begin play in November 2016. USA BMX Announces Locations for Championship Events USA BMX has announced the host cities for the East, Central and West Gold Cup Championship series, presented by DK Bikes. The Gold Cup Central will be presented Sept. 25-27 at Spokes BMX in Springfield, MO. The Gold Cup East will be held October 2-4 at Blanchard Woods BMX in Augusta, GA, and the October 9-11 Gold Cup West will take place at Chula Vista BMX in Chula Vista, CA. WBOF Names Rotunda in Honor of Pat Summitt In June, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame named its South Rotunda after one of the most decorated coaches in women’s basketball history and a WBHOF founding member and inductee, Pat Summitt. The WBHOF of Directors voted for the naming of the Pat Summitt Rotunda to honor not just her basketball career, but for her contributions to the WBHOF. Pat Summitt was an instrumental driving force in the implementation and construction of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee. Fairbanks, Alaska, to Host Annual World Eskimo- Indian Games The Annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympic Games (WEIO) will take place at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, from July 15 through 18, 2015. A four-day series of traditional Alaska Native athletic competitions and dances, WEIO draws Native athletes and dancers from around the state, the United States, Canada and Greenland, as well as visitors, fans and media from around the globe. The competitions not only provide entertainment, but give men and women the chance to test their strength, discipline and endurance— all qualities that are needed to survive in a northern rural environment. Competitive Games include high-kick, knuckle hop, ear pull, two-foot high kick and Eskimo stick pull. West Michigan to Host Wakeboarding, Water Skiing The West Michigan Sports Commission has announced the invitation-only, inaugural Master- Craft Throwdown is set to take place at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, MI, on August 8 with thousands of spectators anticipated to attend and watersports enthusiasts everywhere able to watch live via the telecast on ABC. Two of the most progressive names in action sports, Master- Craft Boats and ESPN’s X Games, have announced a renewed collaboration for the event. Roller Derby Championship Coming to Philadelphia USA Roller Sports, the national governing body of roller sports, including roller derby, roller figure skating, roller hockey, inline skating and speed skating, has announced the 2015 Roller Derby National Championship will be held August 28-30, 2015, in Philadelphia, PA.
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