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China Set To Sign FLW International Sanctioning Agreement At ICAST 2015

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

(Jun 29, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) WHAT:  FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with China to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the world’s most populous country. The agreement will be signed by Gang Li, Vice President of the Florida Culture Exchange Association representing Sunny Lake (Beijing) Sport Development, LLC, at a scheduled news conference at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST).
WHEN:                 Thursday, July 16, 2015
WHERE:               Booth #3179
                              International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST)
                              Orange County Convention Center
                              9990 International Drive
                              Orlando, Fla.
NOTES: Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
China will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship. 
Canada and South Korea have already signed on as FLW partners under the new program and are set to begin hosting FLW-sanctioned tournaments in 2015. China is the third country to sign on for international sanctioning. Details on their hosted tournaments will be available soon.
Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch the  FLWFishing website for details.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.