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Cleveland to Host World Yo-Yo Competition

24 Sep, 2015


The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced that the 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest will take place next Aug. 3-6 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The event is expected to bring about $1.5 million to the regional economy, the sports commission estimates. In recent years, the yo-yo event has been held in Tokyo, Orlando and Prague.

The 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest will feature more than 1,000 competitors from more than 30 countries, the sports commission said. They will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. The sports commission said the event includes five styles of play: 1A (single yo-yo), 2A (double yo-yo looping), 3A (double yo-yo sleeping), 4A (offstring) and 5A (counterweight). It noted that Northeast Ohio native Steve Brown, the inventor of the 5A style of play, helped coordinate Cleveland’s bid for the event.

Hironori Mii, chairman of the International Yo-Yo Federation, said in the release that Cleveland “has all the right conditions to be a wonderful host city. … Cleveland has a passionate and vibrant community of yo-yo players centered around the Cleveland Yo-Yo Club.”

The sports commission said the yo-yo contest is one of 10 events taking place in 2016 that it attracted or will host. Among other sports commission events next year are the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, the USA Junior Olympic Fencing Championships and the U.S. Masters Rowing National Head Race.

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