Men's World Championship 2008 getting ready for the action


    2008 MWC

    2008MWCLogo.jpg More than 300 of the best amateur bowlers from over 50 countries in the world plus some of the most decorated professional bowlers are getting ready for the action at the 2008 Men's World Championship.

    For the first time in the history of the bowling sport, professionals are allowed to participate in the championships which will be held at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand.

    Team USA practices at 2008 Men's World Championships

    The official practice started on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. local time with Squad 1. Squads 2 and 3 will follow at noon and 3 p.m. The championships will be officially declared open by Mr. Weerasak Kohsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sport, during the Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 7-9 p.m. this evening.

     Thursday's Schedule
    9.00-11.00 Official Practice 1 (max 126 players)
    11.00-12.00 Lane maintenance
    12.00-14.00 Official Practice 2 (max 126 players)
    14.00-15.00 Lane maintenance
    15.00-17.00 Official Practice 3 (max 126 players)
    17.00-19.00 Break and line-up for the march-in
    19.00-21.00 Opening Ceremonies

    The picture shows reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year, Chris Barnes (on the right in the red/white shirt), watching the official practice of Squad 1. Joining Barnes on the six-player Team USA squad are fellow PBA stars Walter Ray Williams Jr., Patrick Allen, Tommy Jones and Rhino Page along with amateur Bill Hoffman of Columbus, OH. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Program of the Opening Ceremonies

    • 18.00 p.m. Assembly of Contingents
    • 18.45 p.m. Arrival of VIPs and Guests
    • 18.55 p.m. Arrival of Guest of Honor
    • 19.00 p.m. Master of the Ceremonies welcomes all to the Opening Ceremonies of the Men's World Championships 2008
    • Official March Past
    • 19.20 p.m. National Anthem of Thailand
    • 19.30 p.m. Welcome address by Mr. Sompan Charumilinda, President of Thai Tenpin Bowling Association (TTBA)
    • Address by Mr. Kevin Dornberger, President of World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA)
    • 19.45 p.m. Competitor's and Official's Oath Ceremony
    • 20.00 p.m. Address and declaration of the Opening of the Championships by Mr. Weerasak Kohsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sport
    • 20.10 p.m. Teams March out
    • 20.20 p.m. Show
    • 21.00 p.m. End of the Opening Ceremonies

    The Thai Tenpin Bowling Association will host the second Men's World Championship from August 21-31, 2008 at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan. The 42-laner with AMF equipment is located on the 7th Floor of a shopping center in Nonthaburi, approx. 30 minutes away from down town Bangkok. The 5-star Chaophya Park Hotel & Resorts in Bangkok was chosen as the official hotel.

    57 countries - Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain; Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, UAE, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela. And the host country, Thailand - will participate in the event.

    All countries but Jordan (3) and Slovakia (3) have sent a full team which brings the total number of players to 336. Maximum six players per team will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines: Singles, Doubles, Trios, 5-player Team, All Events and Masters. Singles (six games on long oil) and Doubles (six games on short oil) will be contested on one oil pattern, while Trios and Team will feature two oil patterns (3 games each on long and short oil).

    The top four players and teams after six games in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team, respectively, will advance to the semifinals. The winners of a single-game match will determine the world champion.

    Latest News: All Semifinals and the finals will be broadcasted live on Thai TV. Therefore the semis will NOT be contested simultaneously as originally planned and the time schedule has to be adjusted accordingly.

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    Bulletin No. 1 (MS-Word document)

    Bulletin No. 1 (pdf file)

    Bulletin No. 2 (MS-Word document)

    Bulletin No. 2 (MS-Word document)