Dutch national squad starts selection process for 2013 World Championships



    2013NBFLogo.jpg The Netherlands Bowling Federation (NBF) has announced the selection process for athletes to qualify for the Dutch men's and women's national team for the 2013 World Championships in the United States.

    2013WCLogo.jpg24 players, 13 men and 11 women, started the "Road to the World Championships 2013" program to select six men and six women who will represent the Netherlands in the first combined World Championships since 2003, which will be contested from August 18-31 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center, a 72-laner in Henderson, Nev., in suburban Las Vegas.

    Under a new policy of the Dutch Olympic Committee the NBF gets less financial support than in the previous years which forced the organization to make some tough decisions.

    One is that the NBF will not send a team to the 2013 European Youth Championships in Vienna, Austria. Another decision is that the preparations for major championships must be organized differently.

    As a consequence, NBF appointed Peter van Zijp, and former Dutch standouts Nico Thienpondt and Marcel van den Bosch as the new coaching staff for the 2013 World Championships.

    The coaches selected the 13 men and 11 women, who will compete for six spots on the men's and women's national team for Las Vegas.

    2013NEDRoelMol.jpg2013NEDWendyKok.jpgPlayers must compete in certain tournaments such as European Bowling Tour's Bronzen Schietspoel, the Dutch Championships and the Team Trials and earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event.

    Those points will be tabulated throughout the "Road to the World Championships 2013" and the top 3 men and top 3 women will be guaranteed spots on the team for Las Vegas. Three more men and three more women will be selected by coaching staff.

    Roel Mol (pictured left) and Wendy Kok (right) took the early lead after the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2103. The second event takes place March 9 at bowling center Dekker Zoetermeer.


    Women's "Road to the World Championships 2013" after one event


    Men's "Road to the World Championships 2013" after one event