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2016 Men’s European Championships ready to go

The 2016 Men’s European Championships will get underway this afternoon at 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time with the opening ceremonies at the host center, Bowling Stones, a 36-lane QubicaAMF-equipped bowling center in Brussels, Belgium.

The nine-day competition starts on Saturday, August 20, and culminates with the masters finals on Sunday, August 28.

Record 218 athletes from 37 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations – Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and the host country Belgium – participate in the event.

Each team consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, trios, five-player teams, all-events and masters.

Singles, doubles, trios and team events features six games preliminaries with the top 4 advancing to the playoffs in one-game format, seeded 1 to 4 according to their position in the prelims. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners bowl for gold and silver and the losers share the bronze medals.

The top three players with the highest 24-game total (combined scores in the singles, doubles and team preliminaries) receive the medals in all-events.

The top 24 in all-events advance to single-elimination masters match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 receive one bye.

In each round, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowls the second-lowest seeded player, and so on. Winners advance and losers will be eliminated. The remaining two players bowl for gold and silver and the losers of the semifinals share the bronze medals.

The 2016 Men’s European Championships serve as the qualifying event for male bowlers competing in the X World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The top 5 countries with the two highest positioned players in All-Events qualify for the World Games. The bowling competition will be held July 20-24 at Sky Bowling.

The Championships also serve as the qualifier for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait Dec. 4-18. The top 12 men’s teams in Brussels will qualify for the combined World Championships.

2016 Men’s European Championships – Schedule of Events

All times Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Friday, August 19, 2016
09.00 – 18.00 Ball registration
08.00 – 09.00 Lane maintenance
09.00 – 10.00 Team Managers meeting at the bowling center
10.30 – 12.00 Official practice Squad 1
12.00 – 13.00 Lane maintenance
13.00 – 14.30 Official practice Squad 2
14.30 – 15.30 Lane maintenance
15.30 – 17.00 Official practice Squad 3
17.00 – 18.00 Break and line-up
18.00 – 18.30 Opening Ceremonies at Bowling Stones

Saturday, August 20, 2016
08.00 – 09.00 Lane maintenance
09.00 – 12.45 Singles Squad 1
12.45 – 13.45 Lane maintenance
13.45 – 17.30 Singles Squad 2

Sunday, August 21, 2016
08.00 – 09.00 Lane maintenance
09.00 – 12.45 Singles Squad 3
12.45 – 13.45 Lane maintenance
13.45 – 17.30 Singles Squad 4
17.30 – 18.00 Break and Lane Maintenance
18.00 – 18.45 Singles Semi-finals
18.45 – 19.30 Singles Finals
19.30 – 20.00 Singles Medal Ceremony

Monday, August 22, 2016
08.00 – 09.00 Lane maintenance
09.00 – 12.45 Doubles Squad 1
12.45 – 13.45 Special Olympics
13.45 – 14.45 Lane maintenance
14.45 – 18.30 Doubles Squad 2

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
08.00 – 09.00 Lane maintenance
09.00 – 12.45 Doubles Squad 3
12.45 – 13.45 Lane maintenance
13.45 – 17.30 Doubles Squad 4
17.30 – 18.00 Break and Lane Maintenance
18.00 – 18.45 Doubles Semi-finals
18.45 – 19.30 Doubles Finals
19.30 – 20.00 Doubles Medal Ceremony

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
08.00 – 09.00 Lane maintenance
09.00 – 11.45 Trios Squad 1
11.45 – 12.45 Lane maintenance
12.45 – 15.30 Trios Squad 2
15.30 – 16.30 Lane maintenance
16.30 – 19.15 Trios Squad 3

Thursday, August 25, 2016
08.00 – 09.00 Lane maintenance
09.00 – 11.45 Trios Squad 2
11.45 – 12.45 Lane maintenance
12.45 – 15.30 Trios Squad 3
15.30 – 16.30 Lane maintenance
16.30 – 19.15 Trios Squad 1
19.15 – 20.00 Break and Lane maintenance
20.00 – 21.00 Trios Semi-finals
21.00 – 22.00 Trios Finals

Friday, August 26, 2016
08.00 – 09.00 Lane maintenance
09.00 – 13.30 Team Squad 1
13.30 – 14.00 Trios Medal Ceremony
14.00 – 15.00 Lane maintenance
15.00 – 19.30 Team Squad 2
The top 22 teams will be seeded in Squad B
All other teams and extra players will be seeded in Squad A

Saturday, August 27, 2016
07.00 – 08.00 Lane maintenance
08.00 – 12.30 Team Squad A
12.30 – 13.30 Lane maintenance
13.30 – 18.00 Team Squad B
18.00 – 19.00 Lane maintenance
19.00 – 20.30 Team Semi-finals
20.30 – 22.00 Team Finals

Sunday, August 28, 2016
08.00 – 09.00 Lane maintenance
09.00 – 10.15 Masters Step 1 (8 matches)
10.15 – 11.30 Masters Step 2 (8 matches)
11.30 – 12.00 Team & All-Events Medal Ceremonies
12.00 – 13.00 Break and Lane maintenance
13.00 – 14.15 Masters Step 3 (4 matches)
14.15 – 15.30 Masters Step 4 (2 matches)
15.30 – 16.45 Masters Finals
16.45 – 17.00 Masters Medal Ceremony
20.00 Farewell Buffet at the hotel

Author: Herbert Bickel
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