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"The Silver medal win is a great start for this talented team. Congratulations to our Silver Medal World Champions: Lionel Botha, Fred Roumbanis, David Dudley, Team Captain – Scott Martin, Scott Canterbury, Mark Rose, James Watson, and David Fritts. South Africa was a great first step for USA Bass. It showed that bass fishing is truly an international sport. USA Bass will continue to field teams representing the USA for years to come. This path will lead to the United States hosting the Black Bass World Championship at Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina, in 2020 and convince the International Olympic Committee that bass fishing belongs in the Olympics!
Thank you to the USA Bass supporters that make this possible:
Title Supporter Capital City/Lake Murray Country RTB
Presenting supporter Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits
Silver Supporters Hidden Bay Graphics, Regional Jet Center and Bay Rat Lures
Bronze sponsors: Kid Casters, Careco TV, Bass Kickin’ Tackle, Uranus Fudge Factory, Bob’s Machine Shop, and Roland & Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort. Looking forward to Gold Medals!"
The next four years provide many opportunities for the U.S. team
and its supporters. The 2017 World Championship in South Africa is
followed by Mexico in 2018, the World Angling Games (the Olympiad
of fishing) in South Africa in 2019 and then the United States plans to
host the World Championship in 2020. CIPS, has formally applied to
the International Olympic Committee to recognize bass fishing as
an Olympic sport. U.S. Angling believes this four year plan will make
this dream a reality and propel bass fishing and the fishing industry
to the next level!
The World Championship will become the “Ryder Cup” of bass fishing.
Annually, U.S. Angling will send a “Dream Team” of the best
professional bass anglers in the United States to compete against the countries across the world for Gold.