23rd November, Hong Kong: A total of 265 world-class men bowlers and 106 team officials from fourty-seven countries have converged in the city of Hong Kong, China for the 2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships hosted at the SCAA Bowling Centre.
The World Men Championships, the most prestigious event of the 2018 bowling calendar, returned to Hong Kong, China, which previously hosted the 2011 World Women Championships. Six World Bowling member federations from the American Zone (PABCON), 21 federations from the Asian Zone (ABF), one federation from the newly-formed African Zone and 19 federations from the European Zone (ETBF) made up the fourty-seven countries.
Team officials attended the managers' meeting at Olympic House, chaired by Mr Michael Seymour, Tournament Director with Ms Vivien Lau, BBS, JP, Chairman of the organizing committee and Secretary General of World Bowling, Mr Kevin Dornberger, CEO of World Bowling, Mr Marios Nicolaides, Technical Delegate and Mr Frankie Cheung, Host Tournament Coordinator.
The meeting went through some of the various aspects of the competition which included highlighting important issues pertaining to the rules and regulations, ball registration procedures, official practice and lane draws. The Jury of Appeal appointed by HRH Sheikh Talal M. Al-Sabah, President of World Bowling, was also announced comprising of Mr Dornberger, Mr Ulf Sjoblom, 2nd Vice President of World Bowling and Dr Danny Santos.
Ms Lau, in her welcoming speech, thanked all the federations for their support of the championships by sending their players to Hong Kong. She also highlighted some important aspects of the opening ceremony, to be held on November 24 after the official practice which will be graced by His Honorable, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Cheif Secretary for Administrative's Office, HKSAR, HRH Sheikh Talal M. Al-Sabah and Mr Timothy T.T. Fok, GBS, JP, Honorary IOC Member and President of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.
Mr Nicolaides stressed the importance of having players register their bowling ball before the start of official practice and at the same time announced that the oiling pattern used for the championships to be World Bowling Los Angeles, 38 feet provided by Kegel LLC, the official lane maintenance partner.
Ms Megan Tidbury, Public Relations and Marketing Director for World Bowling announced that the World Bowling's appointed sports consultancy agency Reddentes Sports will be live streaming daily highlights of the championship including the finals of the Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team and Masters finals.
The host broadcaster for the live streaming will be provided by I-Cable TV network and will be fed to Starhub Singapore, Astro Malaysia, True Vision Thailand, Sportscast Taiwan, TVRI Indonesia, Sky Sports New Zealand, USA & Canada Flo Sports, Elisa Finland, HTV/VTV Cab Vietnam, Sky Net Myanmar while all other territories via the Olympic Channel.
World Bowling is still negotiating broadcasts with other channels in the Netherlands, Korea, Japan (News Access), China, United Kingdom, Sweden, Philippines and Mongolia. The 12-day event, which will commence on November 24, will showcase 265 of the world's top men athletes from fourty-seven countries.
Competition will kick off with the Singles on November 25 and 26, the Doubles on November 27 and 28, the Trios event over two blocks of 3 games each on November 29 and 30, the 5-player Team event over two blocks of 3 games each on December 1 and 2. The Singles Semi-finals and Final will take place on December 1, the Doubles Semi-finals and Final on December 2 and the Trios Semi-finals and Final on December 3.
The 5-player Team Semi-finals and Final will be staged after the Masters Round 1 and Round 2 on December 4 while the Masters Round 3, Semi-finals and Final on the last day of competition on December 5. The top 24 in the All-Events standings (total 24 games) will advance to the Masters finals. A victory banquet hosted by Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress will conclude the championships.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.