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The World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships run from Aug. 16 thru 31, 2013 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. in the Las Vegas area. 

This will be a combined men's and women's event for the first time since 2003, when the tournament was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Championships will award medals in six disciplines - Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters. 

Storm's Mike Fagan, Kelly Kulick and Liz Johnson join Roto Grip's John Szczerbinski and Shannon Pluhowsky on TEAM USA.

Qualifying in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team consists of six games. The top 4 advance to the one-game semifinals. The winners will advance to the one-game gold medal match. 

The entire competition will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV. Bowling fans will be able to watch live and on demand for free. The schedule is available at BOWL.com/LiveStream.

The championship will be contested on the 33-feet Sydney and the 39-feet Seoul lane conditioning pattern.

The 438 players, 216 men and 212 women, from 44 countries were split into two men's and two women's squads for the official practice on Sunday. Each squad has one-and-half hours of practice. The men's squads start at 9 a.m. and noon and the women take to the lanes at 3 and 6 p.m. PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). 

Competition gets underway Monday, Monday, August 19, with the men's Singles qualifying and finals on the short pattern (Sydney). The women bowl their Singles event on Tuesday. 

Action shifts to the Doubles event on Wednesday (men) and Thursday (women), which will be contested on the long pattern (Seoul). 

The men will return Friday for the first three-game block of the Trios qualifying on short oil. The women will follow on Saturday. The second block on long oil and the semi-finals and finals in the men's division take place on Sunday. In each of the playoffs, the higher-seed has the right to choose the pattern. The women determine their Trios champion on Monday. 

The competition resumes with the qualifying of the prestigious five-player Team event. Men and women will bowl the first block of three games on the short pattern on Tuesday followed by the second block on the long pattern on Wednesday. 

Medals are also given in All-Events with the total pinfall of the foregoing 24 games of qualifying in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team determining the medalists.

The top 24 men and women in All-Events will advance to the Masters finals on Thursday and Friday afternoon. The Masters will be played on dual lane conditions, with the left lane dressed with the longer oil-pattern and the right lane dressed with the shorter oil-pattern.

All 24 players will bowl six games with the All-Events total carried forward. The top 8 after 24 games advance to seven games of round robin match play, where 20 bonus points are awarded for a won match and 10 bonus points for a tied match.

The top four players with the highest 37-game total including bonus points will play two semi-finals over one game ; the highest positioned in Step 2 vs. the fourth highest positioned in Step 2 and the second highest (No. 1 meets No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3).

The winners advance to the championship match to determine the Masters champion in a one game final. 

The 2013 combined adult World Championships will conclude Friday, Aug. 30, with the women's and men's Team finals. 

The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 112 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.

(courtesy: bowlingdigital.com)

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