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"Vneshtorgbank" Vice-President Alexander Gogolev is the new President of the Russian Sport Bowling Federation By Alexey Kilasov

Republished courtesy of the "Sportcom" News Agency (Jan. 19, 2007)

2007AlexanderGogolev_small.jpg On Friday, December 15, 2006, the election meeting of the Russian Sport Bowling Federation (RSBF) took place. Joseph Orjonikidze, Vice Mayor of Moscow, was replaced by Alexander Gogolev (pictured), Chief Vice President of the "Vneshtorgbank" (VTB), as the Federation President.  After the elections the federation will focus on an active development program for sport bowling.



ETBF Technical Committee introduces Center Certification Program

ETBF_1966.jpg "A relatively limited number of federations in Europe have an active center certification program, which is understandable, because such a program demands both resources and high technical skills, which are not necessary always available in all federations," Roni Ashkenazi, Israel, member of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) Presidium and the Chairman of the ETBF Technical Committee stated.



Joseph brings success to Saudi Arabian National Team

MarioJoseph_small.jpg Mario Joseph, from Nottingham, England, has brought success to the Saudi Arabian national team culminating in an outstanding performance at the Asian Games in Doha in December 2006 where the team won two gold and two bronze medals. During a brief visit to his home in Nottingham, Mario spoke to East Midlands Today video journalist Brady Haran about his success.



Osku Palermaa selected Finnish Bowler of the Year

2006FINBotYOskuPalermaa_small.jpg The Finnish Bowling Federation has selected Osku Palermaa as the Bowler of the Year 2006. The 23-year-old, who uses the two-handed style, won the election by a landslide. Palermaa was also selected as the 'Sportsman of the Year' in his home city Espoo, which is not only very important for him but also for the sport of bowling. There are very few cities in Finland who have ever selected a bowler as the Sportsman of the Year.



Martin Larsen selected Swedish Bowler of the Year

2006SWEBotYMartinLarsen_small.jpg The Swedish Bowling Federation has selected World Doubles Champion Martin Larsen as the Bowler of the Year 2006. The 27 year-old Swedish International has had an outstanding year and was the top ranked player on the Swedish Super Six Tour and the No. 5 on the European Bowling Tour. The highlight was a gold medal at the Men's World Championships in Busan, Korea.



Shilkin wins QubicaAMF Kiev Open on Christmas Eve

Terminal Bowling Center in Kiev, Ukraine (Dec. 22-24, 2006)

2006KievOpenTop4_small.jpg Dmitriy Shilkin from Belorussia defeated Vitaliy Shilan, Ukraine, 267-257, on Christmas Eve en route to win the QubicaAMF Kiev Open 2006 at Terminal Bowling Center in Kiev, Ukraine.  Shilan, seeded 4th, sidelined 14-year-old qualifying leader Alexey Vasilenko, Russia, in the first semi-final, 258-250. In the other semi-final, Shilkin, the No. 3 seed, ousted #2 Sergey Prokhan, Russia, 253-231.



Jouni Helminen elected President of the Finnish Bowling Federation

2006EBT15JouniHelminen_small.jpg Former Finnish international Jouni Helminen has been elected president of the Finnish Bowling Federation for a two-year term. The 36-year-old was elected by the voting delegates selected by the federation's convention by 12 votes to 10 votes over current president and World Tenpin Bowling Association president Heikki Sarso. Helminen will serve as president from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2008. To read our interview ......



Coach Magnus Johnson takes on a new challenge

MagnusJohnson.jpg As earlier reported, Magnus Johnson stepped down after eleven years as Swedish head coach and Sweden's top bowler Tomas Leandersson will take over the job. However, Johnson's retirement lasted less than week as he signed a contract with Swedish bowling club 'Sundbybergs IK'. "I will coach and train the club from the first of January on a more regular basis," Johnson stated.



Tomas Leandersson new coach for Sweden's men national team

By Hans Karlsson, Press Officer of the Swedish Bowling Federation

Magnus_Johnson_1542.jpg Tomas_Leandersson_5382.jpg Tomas Leandersson (l.), one of Sweden's finest players ever, was named head coach of the men's national team for the next four years. At the same time, Magnus Johnson (r.) will step down after eleven years as Swedish head coach in which he lead the 'Tre Kronor' team to six World Championship gold medals as well as numerous medals in international competition. 



Börner/Nietsch win the title in the 6th International Strangers Doubles Tournament

Bowling Beseco in Rümikon (Zürich), Switzerland (Nov. 12-19, 2006)

2006StrangersBornerNietsch_small.jpg Frank Börner and Hans Nietsch (l-r), both of Germany, defeated compatriot Tanya Petty and Bigi Manico, Switzerland, 447-360, to win the 6th International Strangers Doubles Tournament at Bowling Beseco in Rümikon (Zürich), Switzerland. Börner, who had the field-best 237.86 average in the finals, had 234 and Nietsch added 213 to easily win the match and to earn the 1.200 Euro top prize.



Olli Tiainen wins finals stop of the 2006 EBPA Senior Bowling Tour

Rock N Bowl in Larnaca, Cyprus (Nov. 9-12, 2006)

2006EBPAS08OlliTiainen_small.jpg The Cyprus Senior Open was the eighth and final tournament of the European Bowling Proprietors' Association (EBPA) Senior Bowling Tour 2006. The event was staged at 'Rock N Bowl' in Larnaca and drew 50 seniors from eight countries. In a high-scoring championship match, Olli Tiainen from Finland defeated Lasse Strandberg, Sweden, 257-221, to earn the title.



Tarasova and Grynyk win in Chercassy

Cosmos Bowling Center in Chercassy, Ukraine

2006TarasovaGrynyk_small.jpg Olga Tarasova and Yuriy Grynyk won the second stop of the 2007 Ukraine National Championship at Cosmos Bowling Center in Chercassy. Defending women's champion Tarasova rolled a huge 258-game to beat Viola Zharko, 415-330, over two games total pinfall. Grynk had games of 210 and 190 to fly past No. 1 seed, Vitaliy Shylan, 400-353.



Danielsson and Kuhn prevail in Malta Senior Open Championships

Eden Super Bowl in St. Julian's, Malta (Oct. 11-15, 2006)

2006MLTSOpenLogo_small.jpg Both top seeds, Christer Danielsson from Sweden and Hildegard Kuhn, Italy, walked away the winners in the Malta Senior Open Championships. Danielsson held off Ron Oldfield, England, 257-198, in the men's title match en route to win the 2.000 Euro top prize. On the women's side, Kuhn doubled in the 9th and 10th frame to secure a slim 3-pin victory over Brenda Pratt, England, 226-223, worth 1.500 Euro.



USA beats Europe in the final game to win 2006 Weber Cup

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (Oct. 20-22, 2006)

2006WeberCupUSAWinner_small.jpg USA clinched an amazing Weber Cup VII in the most dramatic fashion on a night of drama at the Barnsley Metrodome reports Luke Riches. Jason Couch, Bill Hoffman, Chris Barnes, Tim Mack and Tommy Jones (pictured) defeated Paul Moor, Tore Torgersen, Jens Nickel, Tomas Leandersson and Mika Koivuniemi in the final Baker game, 225-205, for a 18-17 victory to lift the trophy for the first time since 2002.



Penny wins II European Women Masters in Barcelona

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (October 12-14, 2006)

2006EBT15KirstenPenny_small.jpg The II European Women Masters final at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain, was an all-English affair with Kirsten Penny sealing a two-games-to-one victory over Zara Glover with a fine 268-247 performance. Penny received 3.000 Euro for the victory, while Glover was consoled with 1.500 Euro.



Verbruggen three-peats in Prince de Liège Tournament

"Le Strike" in Crisnée, Liege, Belgium (Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2006)

2006PDLGeryVerbruggen_small.jpg When Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, started his sixth and final game in Prince de Liège Tournament at "Le Strike" bowling in Crisnée, the lefty knew it wouldn't be an easy task to defend his title. The tournament format is as simple as tough: six games without finals. The former World and European champion needed 250 to overtake another former world champion, Geert-Jan van Baest, Netherlands, by one pin.



EELEX 2006 - 15th International Trade Show for the Gaming and Entertainment Industry

Crocus Expo in Moscow, Russia (September 27-29, 2006)

2006EELEXLogo.jpg The EELEX, the annual international trade show for the gaming and entertainment industry, celebrated its 15th anniversary at a new home, the Crocus Expo in Moscow, Russia. The third largest casino exhibition in the world and the largest in Russia, CIS and Baltic countries run from September 27-29 and was organized by the Unicum Group, the leading Russian provider of solutions and products for gaming business and entertainment industry.



Doppler and Huber win Swiss World Cup Qualifier

2006SwissQubicaAMFWorldCupQualifier_small.jpg Ruth Doppler from Basel and Philippe Huber from Geneva, will represent Switzerland at the 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Mampote Bowling Center in Caracas, Venezuela from November 4-10, 2006. The 2006 Swiss Champions won the Swiss World Cup Qualifier at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon-Winterthur, Switzerland.



Ernst and Marcus Berndt 1-2 in 5th Winterthur Triple

Bowling-Halle BeSeCo in Rümikon-Winterthur, Switzerland

2006WinterthurSinglesErnstBerndt_small.jpg Father and son, Ernst and Marcus Berndt from Sweden, finished 1-2 in the Singles event of the 5th Winterthur Triple at Bowling-Halle BeSeCo in Rümikon-Winterthur, Switzerland. Former European champion Ernst (pioctured) topped his son Marcus in the final game 236 to 215 to win the title by 11 pins. Oliver Blasé, Germany, fired a 299 in the final game to leapfrog into third place.

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Gräber takes commanding lead in 2nd Gutperle Viernheim Open

Bowling Center Viernheim in Viernheim, Germany (Sept. 09-17, 2006)

Christian_Graber_4686.jpg Christian Gräber of Germany overtook the lead in the qualifying of the 2nd Gutperle Viernheim Open 2006 Monday evening. After a slow start with 198, Gräber posted scores of 228, 209, 269, 267 and 221 to finish the six-game series with 1392 pinfall total and an average of 232,00. He holds a commanding lead over previous leader Martina Beckel, who is 64 pins behind in second place with 1328.

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