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18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 are underway in Indonesia

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The 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, an pan-Asian multi-sport event, will held from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in Indonesia.

For the first time, the quadrennial Asian Games are being co-hosted in two cities, the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and Palembang, the capital of the South Sumatra province.

The grand opening ceremonies took place on Saturday, August 18, at Utama Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Senayan, in central Jakarta. Approximately 17,000 athletes from 45 countries will participate in Asian biggest sports event and up to 13,000 volunteers are helping to make the Games happen.

The bowling competition will be held August 18-27 in the bowling center (right) inside Jakabaring Sport City also known as Jakabaring Sport Complex (Indonesian: Kompleks Olahraga Jakabaring), an integrated sports facility complex near Palembang, featuring 167 bowlers – 99 men and 68 women – from 18 countries.

Two official practice sessions will be held on August 20 and 21 where the participants will have a chance to test the two lane conditioning pattern (medium and long oil). Kegel’s John Janawicz is managing lane maintenance.

For the first time in Asian Games history, only three disciplines will be contested – Trios, Team of 6 and Masters. In the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Bowling handed out six gold medals in each gender, including singles, doubles and all-events.

The 2018 Asian Games bowling competition kicks off with the women’s and men’s trios event on August 22 and 23, respectively. All players bowl two blocks of three games with the six-game total determining the medalists. The Japanese men and the South Korean women are the defending champions.

The Team of 6 events will be contested on August 24 (women) and August 25 (men) using the same format as in trios. The South Korean men and the women from Singapore captured the gold medals in 2014.

The top 16 men and top 16 women based on the 12-game total pinfall in trios and team, but only maximum two from each NOC, will qualify for the masters finals on August 26 and 27. The top 3 men and top 3 women after 16 games of round robin match play advance to the stepladder finals. South Korea’s Park Jong Woo and Lee Na Young will be in Palembang to defend their titles.

Also for the first time in Asian Games history, the World Bowling Scoring System will be used and Jakabaring Bowling Center has been modified to display and tabulate the new scoring system throughout the tenpin bowling competition.

The World Bowling Scoring System maintains the traditional 10-frame format but awards 30 pins for a strike, 10 pins for a spare plus the pinfall of the first shot in the frame, and actual pinfall after two shots in case of an open frame. The maximum score is still 300 and this figure is based on the player receiving 10 consecutive strikes with no bonus pins being awarded in the 10th frame.

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