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  • Cleveland to host 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest

    CLEVELAND, Ohio (Sept. 16, 2015) – Cleveland will host the 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest, an event that will bring $1.5 million to the regional economy next summer, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced Wednesday. The event will take place August 3-6, 2016 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The event has been held in Tokyo, Orlando and Prague in recent years.

    “It’s an honor for Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to land this unique event,” said Jeff Pacini, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Vice President of Business Development. “We are excited to showcase the sport of yo-yo’s top competitors and provide a substantial $1.5 million boost to the economy.”

    The 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest will feature over 1,000 competitors from more than 30 countries competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. 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). Northeast Ohio native Steve Brown is the inventor of the 5A style of play and holds the patent for the equipment used in the category. Brown also helped coordinate Cleveland’s bid for the event.

    "Cleveland has all the right conditions to be a wonderful host city for the World Yo-Yo Contest 2016. Cleveland has a passionate and vibrant community of yo-yo players centered around the Cleveland Yo-Yo Club,” said Hironori Mii, International Yo-Yo Federation Chairman. “A highly encouraging factor was the great support shown by the city of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to hold the World Yo-Yo Contest in their beautiful city. We very much look forward to working with them.”

    “With help from local Ohio players and the international community, I'm confident that this will be the biggest and most exciting international event that the yo-yo community has ever seen,” says Brown.

    While the World Yo-Yo Contest features the world’s top yo-yo athletes, the event also aims to introduce the event to new players. Several weeks of programming and outreach introducing Cleveland-area youth to the basics of modern yo-yo play will precede the event. These youth will also receive the opportunity to take lessons from the world’s best players during the event.

    The 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest is one of 10 events taking place in 2016 attracted or hosted by the Sports Commission. Other Sports Commission 2016 events include the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, USA Junior Olympic Fencing Championships and US Masters Rowing National Head Race.

    Footage from the 2015 World Yo-Yo Contest in Tokyo: