Players from 44 countries arrive at inaugural WTBA World Singles Championships

    09/20/12

    2012 WSC

    Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus (Sept. 18-26, 2012)

    2012WSCLogo.jpg 44 of the expected 47 countries and regions have sent players to the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships which got underway today with the official practice at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus. The official opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. local time.

    128 players - 72 men from 40 countries and 56 women from 33 countries have been arrived in Cyprus.

    The countries and regions, who have sent participants, are Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Catalonia, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Tunisia, UAE, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, and the host country Cyprus.

    The bowling center's 24 lanes are divided into two floors of 12 lanes each. Men and women will bowl on separate floors. Maximum two men and two women from each country are eligible to compete in the six-day event. Each player must have reached the age of 15 years on January 1, 2012.

    All games will be played on the 41 feet "Montreal" lane conditioning pattern selected by the technical delegate, Pini Hershkoviz of Israel, from a bank of WTBA oil patterns.

    After four days of qualifying from Thursday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 23, featuring two-sic-game blocks, the top 24 will advance to single-elimination match-play bracket to bowl for the title in best-of-five game matches Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25. The top eight qualifiers receive one bye.

    The field will be cut to 16, 8, 4 and then two players who will determine the champion in the gold medal match. The semifinal losers will share the bronze medal.

    To view the live streaming starting Thursday, Sept. 20 with the first qualifying squad at 9 a.m. Cyprus time click here.

    Beginning in 2012, the World Singles Championships will be held every four years. The new event gives WTBA a world championship event every year, filling a void created under the previous calendar.

    The joint Combined World Championships will take place in 2013, the Men's World Championships will take place in 2014 and Women's World Championships in 2015. Each of those events are also held every four years.

     


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    Participating Contries and Players - Men's Division


    Austria - Thomas Gross, Thomas Tybl
    Bahrain - Fawaz Abdulla, Yusuf Falah
    Belarus - Kanstantsin Karazeyey, Pavel Sobolev
    Belgium - Oliver Leroy, Mats Maggi
    Brazil - Guy Igliori, Marcio Vieira
    Canada - Dan MacLelland
    Colombia - Andres Gomez, Jaime Monroy
    Cyprus - Andreas Karistianos, Orestis Papadopoulos
    Czech Republic - Jan Macek, Martin Siroky
    Denmark - Thomas Larsen
    Egypt - Mahmoud Mazloum
    England - Matt Miller, Stuart Williams
    Finland - Kimmo Lehtonen, Osku Palermaa
    Germany - Michael Holzapfel, Stephan Unger
    Greece - George Tziotis, Stavros Parasakis
    Hong Kong - Michael Mak, Wu Siu Hong
    Hungary - Janos Farkas, Zoltan Skobrics
    Iceland - Hafthor Hardarson
    Ireland - Paul Stott
    Israel - Nati Volpert, Or Aviram
    Italy - Marco Reviglio
    Kuwait - Jassim Abbas, Mohammed Kamel
    Latvia - Dimitris Chebotarevs
    Lithuania - Kestutis Gudauskas, Linas Sasnauskas
    Malaysia - Syafiq Ridhwan, Zulmazran Zulkifli
    Malta - Justin Caruana Scicluna, Rankin Luke Camilleri
    Mexico - Roberto Silva
    Netherlands - Jord van Weeren, Phil Hulst
    Norway - Björn Einar Rudshagen, Tore Torgersen
    Poland - Janusz Pietraszek, Mariusz Musialik
    Qatar - Khaled Al-Dossari, Mansour Al-Hajri
    Romania - Romeo Gagenoiu, Catalin Gheorghe
    Russia - Sergey Isaev, Anton Sharov
    Serbia - Bertalan Puskas
    Slovakia - Lukas Andrassy, Marek Keckes
    Sweden - Dennis Eklund, Martin Paulsson
    Tunisia - Hichem Chemli, Khaled Meziou
    UAE - Hamad Al-Majidi, Mohamed Al-Marzooqi
    Ukraine - Mykhaylo Kalika, Oleksandr Kalika
    United States - Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones

     


    Participating Contries and Players - Women's Division


    Austria - Ivonne Gross, Teresa Oberkersch
    Belarus - Aksana Sinitsa, Alena Lazuta
    Brazil - Lea Castro, Lucia Vieira
    Canada - Isabelle Rioux
    Catalonia - Christina Sanz
    Colombia - Clara Juliana Guerrero, Maria Jose Rodriguez
    Cyprus - Myria Kastori, Niki Schiza
    Czech Republic - Jana Lebrova, Petra Hanzlovska
    Denmark - Britt Brøndsted
    Egypt - Hala Shaarawi
    England - Jo Allsebrook
    Finland - Krista Pöllänen, Piritta Maja
    Germany - Laura Beuthner, Nadine Geissler
    Greece - Maria Isidorou, Nafsika Deligianni
    Hungary - Maria Toth, Nora Szabo
    Ireland - Aimee Kellegher, Hannah Cullen
    Israel - Sarit Mizrachi, Shahaf Antin
    Italy - Fabiana Baraldi
    Latvia - Diana Zavjalova, Elena Chelisheva
    Malaysia - Esther Cheah, Jacqueline Sijore
    Malta - Melissa Swift, Sue Abela
    Mexico - Aseret Zetter
    Netherlands - Sophie van der Meer, Wendy Kok
    Norway - Heidi Thorstensen, Patcharin Torgersen
    Poland - Felinda Gizybowska, Malgorzata Kiedrowska
    Romania - Luminita Farkas
    Russia - Alena Korobkova, Evgeniya Smirnova
    Scotland - Tania Yusaf
    Singapore - Cherie Tan, Daphne Tan
    Sweden - Joline Persson-Planefors, Rebecka Larsen
    Ukraine - Daria Kovalova, Oleksandra Iakunina
    United States - Kelly Kulick, Shannon O'Keefe
    Venezuela - Alicia Marcano, Karen Marcano


    2012 World Singles Championships - Schedule of Events