Live Coverage of the 2014 Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE


    Coming in December

    52 countries have registered for the event; registration is still open

    2014MWCLogo.jpg The 2014 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships will be held from December 4 to 15 at 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    52 countries have registered for the event which counts as a "major" on the 2015 World Bowling Tour. The Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) will be represented by 22 countries, closely followed by the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) with 21 countries while nine countries are coming from the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON).

    However, this number might change as registration is still open. The WTBA has announced that it will accept registrations as long as it does not affect the schedule negatively.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the 2014 Men's World Championships live from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi featuring reports, results and photos. On-site coverage will commence Thursday, Dec. 4 with the Opening Ceremonies all the way through to the Masters finals on Sunday, Dec. 14.

    2011WTBALogo.jpg The Championships, hosted by WTBA, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City, is open to all WTBA Member Federations who are currently paid up members of World Bowling, WTBA and their respective zone (PABCON, ETBF, and ABF).

    Maximum six men per country will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 9-day competition (Dec. 6-14).

     Khalifa International Bowling Center, UAE's national bowling facility, is located at Zayed Sports City (click image to enlarge). The venue was built for the 1999 World Championships and has hosted other sanctioned tournaments such as the World Bowling Ranking Masters, Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships and the Ramadan Bowling Tournament.

    Nearly 1,000 spectators will be able to sit and enjoy the Men's World Championships at the 40-lane center which also features two pro shops, three restaurants and a billiard room.

    In accordance with the WTBA Playing Rules, the 2014 Men's World Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern. Technical Delegate Marios Nicolaides of Cyprus will choose a long and a medium pattern from the World Bowling bank of patterns.

    The specific lane patterns within the two categories will be announced at the Team Managers' Meeting on December 4.

    As of October 19, the following countries have registered:
    Asian Bowling Federation (ABF)
    22 - Australia, Bahrain, Chinese Taipei, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraqi, Japan, Jordon, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau China, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and UAE.

    European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF)
    21 - Belarus, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and Wales.

    Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON)
    9 - Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA, and Venezuela.

    For more information please read our related articles or download the Bulletins and Forms here:
    2014 MWC Bulletin No. 2
    2014 MWC Bulletin No. 1
    2014 MWC Form A-H
    Because the official hotel Centro Capital Centre has no more double rooms and the room rate presented in the Bulletins is not valid any longer and a second official hotel Premier Inn is now available.
    2014 MWC Premier Inn Hotel Booking Form

    The Abu Dhabi MWC are the fourth World Championships for men since the world's governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling has decided to split the men's and women's events at the WTBA congress in the year 2003.

    The 2006 MWC took place in Busan, Korea, and was followed by Bangkok, Thailand (2008) and Munich, Germany (2010). In 2012, the WTBA switched back to a four-year cycle which allowed the organization to add a new World Singles Championships (2012; Limassol, Cyprus) and a combined World Championships for men and women (2013; Las Vegas, USA) to its schedule.

    The women will return to Abu Dhabi for the 2015 Women's World Championships (Nov. 17-28). The second World Singles Championships will be held in Doha, Qatar (Dec. 4-11, 2016) while the host of the second combined World Championships in 2017 has not been decided yet.


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    2014 Men's World Championships - Preliminary Schedule at a glance

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - unofficial practice
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - unofficial practice
    Thursday, December 4, 2014 last day of arrival; unofficial practice; team manager's meeting; opening ceremony
    Friday, December 5, 2014 - Official Practice (five squads)
    Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Singles Squads 1-3 (long oil)
    Sunday, December 7, 2014 - Singles Squads 4 & 5; Semifinals and Finals (long oil); Medal Ceremony
    Monday, December 8, 2014 Doubles Squads 1-3 (medium oil)
    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Doubles Squads 4 & 5; Semifinals and Finals (medium oil); Medal Ceremony
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - Trios Squads 1-3 Block 1 (long oil)
    Thursday, December 11, 2014 - Trios Squads 1-3 Block 2 (medium oil), Semifinals and Finals
    Friday, December 12, 2014 - Team Squads 1-2 Block 1 (long oil); Trios Medal Ceremony
    Saturday, December 13, 2014 - Team Squads 1-2 Block 2 (medium oil), Semifinals and Finals, Medal Ceremony
    Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Masters Finals, All-Events and Masters Medal Ceremony; Banquet
    Monday, December 15, 2014 - Departure


    2013 Combined World Championships - Men's Division Medalists

    Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev., United States (Aug. 16-31, 2013)

    2013WCLogo.jpg Singles
    1. Bill O'Neill, United States, 409 (2 games)
    2. Bodo Konieczny, Germany, 401 (2 games)
    3. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 183 (1 game)
    3. Shin Seung-Hyeon, Korea, 155 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 O'Neill def. No. 4 Shin, 181-155
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Konieczny def. No. 2 Larsen, 209-183
    Championship Match: O'Neill def. Konieczny, 228-192.


    1. United States (John Szczerbinski, Chris Barnes), 1041 (2 games)
    2. Finland (Pasi Uotila, Osku Palermaa), 953 (2 games)
    3. United States (John Janawicz, Mike Fagan), 458 (1 game)
    3. Finland (Joonas Jehkinen, Petteri Salonen), 453 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Finland - Uotila (265)/Palermaa (215) def. No. 4 Finland - Jehkinen (234)/Salonen (219), 480-453
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 United States - Szczerbinski (248)/Barnes (224) def. No. 2 United States - Janawicz (268)/Fagan (190), 472-458
    Championship Match: United States - Szczerbinski (290)/Barnes (279) def. Finland - Uotila (247)/Palermaa (226), 569-473.


    1. Canada (Mark Buffa, Francois Lavoie, Patrick Girard), 1322 (2 games)
    2. Korea (Choi Bok-Eum, Cho Young-Seon, Kim Jun-Yung), 1301 (2 games)
    3. United States (Bill O'Neill, Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes), 579 (1 game)
    3. Colombia (Edward Rey, Oscar Rodriguez, Santiago Mejia), 444 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Canada - Buffa (194), Lavoie (211), Girard (196) def.
    No. 1 United States - O'Neill (157), Jones (204), Barnes (218), 601-579
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Korea - Choi (185), Cho (246), Kim (268) def.
    No. 2 Colombia - Rey (151), Rodriguez (183), Mejia (110), 699-444
    Championship Match: Canada - Buffa (279), Lavoie (258), Girard (184) def.
    Korea - Choi (183), Cho (233), Kim (186), 721-602.


    1. Finland (Perttu Jussila, Tony Ranta, Petteri Salonen, Pasi Uotila, Osku Palermaa, Joonas Jehkinen), 2284 (2 games)
    2. United States (John Janawicz, Mike Fagan, Bill O'Neill, Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes, John Szczerbinski), 2176 (2 games)
    3. Korea (Choi Bok-Eum, Cho Young-Seon, Shin Seung-Hyeon, Park Jong-Woo, Kim Jun-Yung, Kim Ju-Young), 976 (1 game)
    3. Denmark (Jimmy Mortensen, Frederik √ėhrgaard, Mik Stampe, Carsten Warming Hansen, Thomas Larsen, Jesper Agerbo), 973 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1 (short oil):
    No. 4 Finland - Jussila (199), Ranta (248), Salonen (199), Uotila (267), Palermaa (188) def.
    No. 1 Korea - Bok-Eum (181), Young-Seon (203), Seung-Hyeon (176), Jong-Woo (213), Jun-Yung (203), 1101-976
    Semifinal Match 2 (long oil):
    No. 2 United States - Janawicz (205), Fagan (204), O'Neill (193), Jones (223), Barnes (225) def.
    No. 3 Denamrk - Mortensen (198), √ėhrgaard (156), Stampe (226), Hansen (191), Larsen (202), 1050-973
    Championship Match (long oil):
    Finland - Jussila (206), Ranta (236), Salonen (258), Uotila (279), Palermaa (204) def.
    United States - Janawicz (194), Szczerbinski (192), O'Neill (248), Jones (257), Barnes (235), 1183-1126.


    All Events (24-game total and average)
    1. Chris Barnes, United States, 5609, 233.71
    2. Cho Young-Seon, Korea, 5399, 224.96
    3. Bill O'Neill, United States, 5370, 223.75


    1. Cho Young-Seon, Korea, 491 (2 games)
    2. Chris Barnes, United States, 421 (2 games)
    3. Shin Seung-Hyeon, Korea, 223 (1 game)
    3. Kim Jun-Yung, Korea, 214 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Barnes def. No. 4 Jun-Yung, 226-214
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Young-Seon def. No. 3 Seung-Hyeon, 237-223
    Championship: Young-Seon def. Barnes, 254-195.