On a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon (27°C or 81°F) almost 150 women athletes from 29 countries (the women from Panama are still on their way) marched onto the lanes at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to kick off the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Women’s World Championships
In front of the bowlers, dignitaries, officials, supporters and guests, former World Cup champion Mohammed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, President of the host Emirates Bowling Federation, and outgoing World Bowling President, Kevin Dornberger, United States, welcomed all players and athletes to the Championships for women.
Pictured above: Among the dignitaries attending the Opening Ceremonies were His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council; Ms. Noora Al Kaabi, CEO of Two Four 54 and Board member of Fatima Bint Mubarak Academy, Mohammed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, EBF President and Board member, Abu Dhabi Sports Council; and Kevin Dornberger, President and CEO of World Bowling.
After Hind Al Hammadi (above right) of the UAE national squad took the players’ oath, all spectators were then treated to a dance performance by a group of boys (right) and girls (left).
The Women’s World Championships were officially opened by a ceremonial ball rolled by Ms. Noora Al Kaabi (below right), CEO of Two Four 54 and Board member of Fatima Bint Mubarak Academy, who toppled seven pins on her very first ball.
Real action begins with Singles Monday at 9 a.m. GST.
The 2015 Women’s World Championships will be held from December 5-14 at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Almost 150 players from 30 countries will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the seven-day competition.
In accordance with the WTBA Playing Rules, the 2015 Women’s World Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern, the 36 ft. Los Angeles pattern and the 43 ft. Tokyo pattern.
Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Championships from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi including reports, photos and results.
Pictured left is Herbert Bickel, owner/editor-in-chief of Bowlingdigital.com.
Onsite coverage commences Sunday, December 6 with the Opening Ceremonies and concludes with the Masters finals on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Bowling fans around the world will be able to watch all qualifying rounds, semifinals and finals live on BowlTV.
Pictured right (l-r) are commentators Matt Cannizzaro and Lucas Wiseman of USBC Communications, who will be doing the live streaming in Abu Dhabi.
BowlTV Live Schedule:
(All times Eastern; subject to change)
12/07/2015 12:00 AM – 08:00 AM – Singles Qualifying
12/08/2015 12:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Trios Qualifying
12/09/2015 12:00 AM – 01:00 AM – Singles Medal Round
12/09/2015 02:00 AM – 04:00 AM – Trios Medal Round
12/10/2015 12:00 AM – 08:00 AM – Doubles Qualifying
12/10/2015 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Doubles Medal Round
12/11/2015 12:00 AM – 04:00 AM – Team Qualifying Day 1
12/12/2015 12:00 AM – 04:00 AM – Team Qualifying Day 2
12/12/2015 05:00 AM – 08:00 AM – Team Medal Round
12/13/2015 12:00 AM – 05:15 AM – Masters Rounds 1-2
12/13/2015 05:45 AM – 07:00 AM – Masters Medal Round
Onsite coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Championships
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