DHC Tournament kicks off Tuesday with first two of eight qualifying squads


    2013 World Bowling Tour #4

    Live Coverage: Qualifying for international bowlers runs Jan. 15 & 16 at 116-lane Inazawa Grandbowl; 36 men and 24 women will advance to the main event Jan. 17-19; The men's and women's champion will walk away with JPY6,000,000



    2013IBCJapanLogo.jpg  The International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC gets underway Tuesday afternoon at Inazawa Grandbowl in Inazawa City, Japan with the first two of eight qualifying squads for international bowlers. The 116-laner is the world's biggest bowling center on one floor.

    The photo shows an inside view of Inazawa Grandbowl from lane 116 all the nearly 200 meters down to lane 1. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    The International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC runs from Jan. 15 to 19 and is the fourth event on the 2013 World Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "majors". The IBC offers total prize fund of 30 million Japanese Yen making the tournament one of the richest in the world on the 2013 schedule.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Inazawa Grandbowl including stories, results and photos commencing Tuesday, Jan. 15 with the international qualifying all the way through to the TV finals on Saturday, Jan. 19.

    After PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard had to cancel their trip to Japan, 257 players - 137 men and 119 women including 48 seeded player (24 / 24), 148 local qualifiers (77 / 71) and 60 international qualifiers (36 / 24) will advance to the main event.

    Men and women bowl in separate divisions but in the same format for the JPY6,000,000 top prize. The runner-up gets 3.000.000 Yen, third place is 1.500.000 Yen and fourth place 800.000 Yen.

    The International Bowling Championships 2013 is currently the lone WBT "major" outside the United States. For the first time since its inception in 2011, "major" status will be granted for premium tournaments with no less than $200,000 prize fund. Double ranking points will be awarded in all "majors".

    The five finalists will have a chance for an even bigger payday as 10 million Yen will be awarded for EVERY 300 game bowled in the TV final eliminator rounds.

    Another 200.000 Yen and 100.000 Yen each go to the men's and women's winner and runner-up, respectively, of a one-game Baker match between the best three local bowlers and the best three international bowlers who are not qualified for the TV finals.

    (Note: On Jan. 1, 2013 the Japanese government raised the income tax rate for foreigners from 20% to 20.42%. All prize money won by international bowlers is subject to tax.

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     Total 113 men and 95 women will qualify from the local (77 / 71) and international qualifying pool (36 / 24).

    The eight qualifying squads for international bowlers will start Jan. 15 at 5 and 6.45 p.m. Japanese Standard Time (CET -8 or EST -14) and Jan 16 at 8.30, 10.15 a.m., 12.30, 14.15, 17.30 and 19.15 p.m. at Inazawa Grandbowl (pictured), whose 116 lanes span 198.39 meters (650.88 ft.) or 91,494 square feet without any pillars.

    Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Each of the eight qualifying squads for international bowlers features three games. The top 36 men and the top 24 women with the highest three-game series advance to the main event.

    The venue for the qualifying finals for local bowler is Nagoya Grandbowl, the biggest bowling center in the world by number of lanes staring 156 lanes on three floors. The top 77 men and 71 women will earn berths into the main event.

    The main event of the International Bowling Championships 2013 runs from Jan. 17 to 19 at Inazawa Grandbowl.

    All players bowl three blocks of three games with the top 24 in each division advancing to the semifinals. Following another two blocks of the three games, the top 5 players based on the 15-game total advance to the TV eliminator finals. In case there is no local bowler among the top 5 in each division, the best local bowler will be seeded fifth.

    The five men and five women will meet in the TV finals on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The eliminator finals will be contested on temporary lanes installed at Inazawa Futsal Stadium, which is located next door to the bowling center. The show will be broadcasted by NHK BS1 on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 as a three-hour program.

    All players bowl one game with the lowest two players eliminated. The remaining three players will bowl a second game with the lowest player eliminated. The two survivors will then bowl for the title and the 6.000.000 Yen first prize.


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