Live Coverage of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2010 BWC

    169 players from 95 countries expected to bowl in Toulon, France



    2010BWCToulonHarbor.jpg2010BWCLogo2.jpg The 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Oct. 15-24, 2010 in Toulon, France. The players who arrived on Friday by car, train (despite the French Railroaders have been on strike again) and through Marseille and Nice airports, tested the 32 tournament lanes on Saturday during the unofficial practice.

    A "Welcome Reception" at 6pm CET will conclude the first day.

    All photos will be published on Bowlingdigital's Facebook account.
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    169 players (93 men and 76 women) from 95 countries are registered for the event. The total number of participants (169 would break the previous record of 166 set in the 40th BWC in Singapore in 2004) will not be confirmed before the first squads will start on Monday.

    To view the complete list of participating countries and players click here .

    The number of countries and the number of male bowlers would tie the record numbers from Singapore. If more than 73 female bowlers would participate in Toulon this would break the record set in Singapore, Caracas (2006) and St. Peters burgh (2007) .

    Originally scheduled to be held in Zagreb, Croatia, the Bowling World Cup had to be moved to France due to the economic climate in Croatia and ownership changes at the host bowling center Bowling 300 Zagreb.

    Toulon is a city of 170,000 people in southern France on the French Riviera located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region. Toulon is the capital of the Var department in the former province of Provence.

    Pictured: View of Toulon, the Arsenal and Mount Faron from the harbor.

    Toulon is an important center for naval construction, fishing, wine making, and the manufacture of aeronautical equipment, armaments, maps, paper, tobacco, printing, shoes, and electronic equipment.

    The military port of Toulon is the major naval center on France's Mediterranean coast, home of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle and her battle group. The French Mediterranean Fleet is based in Toulon. (source: Wikipedia)

    2010BWCLouPigno.jpgFor the BWC participants, coaches, officials and guests, Club Lou Pigno will serve as the World Cup's own "Olympic-style" village, The club is located in Le Pradet and perched above the sea on a hillside covered with pines, olive and almond trees. With own bar and a nightly entertainment program, the tournament is set to have a great holiday atmosphere.

    The 6-day competition will run from Monday, Oct. 18th through Saturday, Oct. 23rd at Bowling de Provence. The bowling center is located at La Garde, a suburb of Toulon, and is part of one of Toulon's major sports complexes, which also boasts an ice rink (skating, ice hockey and curling), billiards, a swimming pool, gymnasiums and fitness centers.

    Bowling de Provence has been completely refurbished inside and out and was re-opened September 10th. To view a video (in French only) of the grand re-opening of Bowling de Provence click here.

    The center has grown from 6 lanes at the beginning to 44 lanes, 32 lanes, which will be used for the World Cup plus an additional 12 lanes on the other side of the building.

    Men and women will bowl in separate divisions. The preliminaries consist of 4 blocks of 5 games with the top 24 men and the top 24 women after 20 games advancing to the intermediate round. The top 24 players bowl another 8 games with the pinfall total from the preliminaries being carried forward.

    The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 28 games will bowl a further 7 games round robin match play plus 1 game position round total 8 games) with 30 pins bonus per win and 15 for a tie. The top 3 men and the top 3 women after 36 games including bonus pins will determine the champions in a stepladder finals in best-of-three games format.

    2010BWCCANNCMichaelSchmidt_small.jpg2010MWCPaulTrotter_small.jpgAmong men's favorites are 2005 BWC winner and last year's runner-up, Michael Schmidt (pictured left), Canada, Australian national team member Paul Trotter (right), who holds the record for a three-game set (896), 2006 World Championships Masters gold medalist Biboy Rivera, Philippines, as well as Joonas Jähi, Finland; Achim Grabowski, Germany; Or Aviram, Israel; Park Jong-Woo, Korea; Daniel Vezis, Latvia; Daniel Lim, Malaysia; Roberto Silva, Mexico; Mads Sandbækken, Norway; Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar; Dennis Eklund, Sweden; and John Szczerbinski, United States.

    2009BWCAnnMareePutney2_small.jpg2010EBT05CarolynDorinBallard3_small.jpgThe women's field is spearheaded by 2007 BWC champion Ann Maree Putney (left), Australia, 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association champion Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (right), United States; World and European champion Helén Johnsson, Sweden; multiple Asian Championships gold medalist Gye Min-Young, Korea: PACON Championships Trios gold medalist Felicia Wong, Canada; Central American Games Doubles gold medalist Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic; as well as Fiona Banks, England; Piritta Kantola, Finland; Diana Zavjalova, Latvia; Wendy Chai, Malaysia; Sue Abela, Malta; Nicole Sanders, Netherlands; Bigi Manico, Switzerland; and Patricia de Faria, Venezuela.

    Schedule at a Glance
    • Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 - Arrival
    • Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 - Arrival, Welcome Reception
    • Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 - Official Practice, Opening Ceremonies
    • Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 - Preliminaries Day 1
    • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 - Preliminaries Day 2
    • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 - Preliminaries Day 3
    • Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 - Preliminaries Day 4
    • Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 - Intermediate Round
    • Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 - Semifinals & Finals
    • Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 - Departure
    To view the detailed schedule pleas click here

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif will cover the event live from Bowling de Provence with stories and results after each round, high quality photos and high definition videos commencing Sunday Oct. 17 with the Opening Ceremonies all the way through to the stepladder on Saturday Oct. 3.

    Bowlingdigital will also simulcast all broadcast coverage provided by QubicaAMF World Cup Live Streaming Schedule
    Subject to change; all times Eastern (CET in parenthesis)
    • Oct. 18, TBD - Qualifying Round 1
    • Oct. 19, TBD - Qualifying Round 2
    • Oct. 20, TBD - Qualifying Round 3
    • Oct. 21, TBD - Qualifying Round 4
    • Oct. 22, 2 a.m. (8:00) - Women's Round of 24
    • Oct. 22, 5:30 a.m. (11:30) - Men's Round of 24
    • Oct. 22, 9 a.m. (15:00) - Men's and Women's Round of 8
    • Oct. 23, 4 a.m. (10:00) - Women's semifinals and final
    • Oct. 23, 8 a.m. (14:00) - Men's semifinals and final

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