Field set for main event at International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC


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    Main event gets underway Thursday with the men's and women's Official Practice followed by a Press Conference and the Opening Ceremonies; real action begins at 5.30 p.m. JST with the first block of Round One at Inazawa Grandbowl in Inazawa City, Japan




    After two days of qualifying for international bowlers the field is set for the International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC at Inazawa Grandbowl in Inazawa City, Japan. The IBC is the fourth event on the 2013 World Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "majors".

    More than 250 men and women will compete over three days for total prize fund of 30 million Yen making the IBC one of the richest bowling tournaments in the world.

    All players got sixty minutes of practice (pictured above) on the 116 lanes in the biggest bowling center on one floor in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records), which was followed by a press conference held by Kyohei Akagi, Chairman of the Tournament Organizing Committee and Honorary President of the Japan Bowling Congress.



    In attendance were defending men's and women's champions Tommy Jones, United States, and Singapore's Cherie Tan as well as Japan Professional Bowlers Association star Shota Kawazoe and JBC standout Misaki Mukotani as well Sasaki Akino representing tournament sponsor DHC.

    On the podium (l-r): Akagi, Akino, Jones, Tan, Kawazoe and Mukotani, the translator and a JBC official.

    The International Bowling Championships 2013 will be officially declared open during the Opening Ceremonies starting a 4.30 p.m. Japan Standard Time (CET -8 or EST -14). Real action begins at 5.30 p.m. with the first block of three games in both men's and women's Round One.

    2013IBCPalermaaJonesZulkifli.jpg 2013IBCTimMackScottNorton.jpg The second and third block will follow on Friday morning and afternoon after which both divisions will be trimmed to the top 24 players who will roll another two blocks of the three games in the Semifinals later on Friday afternoon.

    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.

    Among the favorites from the international men's contingent are two-hander Osku Palermaa of Finland, Jones and Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia (pictured left, l-r) and USA's Tim Mack and Scott Norton (right, l-r).

    2013IBCMayumiYoshida.jpg 2013IBCKellyKulick.jpg The finals will be contested on Saturday, Jan. 19, 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.

    Two of the favorites in the women's division are Japan Professional Bowlers Association star Mayumi Yoshida (left) and PBA champion Kelly Kulick (right), United States.

    All five 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.

    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.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC live from Inazawa Grand Bowl in Inazawa City, Japan, 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.

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