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      September 13, 2001:

-Competition, Seminars To Dominate Bowling World Cup Week

09/13/2001 - AMF
      LONDON, ENGLAND - Elite-level athletic competition and first-rate technical instruction will be the hallmarks of the 37th annual AMF Bowling World Cup, to be held November 4-10 at the PS Bowl Complex in Pattaya, Thailand.

      Athletes from an expected 90 nations will begin arriving in Thailand Friday, November 2, for the week long international bowling championship. Festivities begin with the Welcome Reception Saturday evening, November 3, and official on-lane activities begin the next morning at 8 a.m. with scheduled practice sessions for all athletes. Thailand's prime minister, Taksin Shinawatra, is expected to officially open the tournament during the Grand Opening Ceremony at PS Bowl Sunday afternoon.

      The women take to the lanes immediately following the Grand Opening Ceremony for their first rounds of qualifying. Qualifying continues for all athletes, male and female, Monday, November 5, through Wednesday afternoon, November 7. The fields for both divisions are trimmed to the top 24 after 24 games, and those bowlers return to PS Bowl Thursday morning for 16 more qualifying games.

      The top eight men and women after 40 games begin quarterfinals play in a specially constructed arena within the PS Bowl Complex Friday afternoon, November 9. The format changes to a best-two-of-three-games "knockout" single-elimination process, with the quarterfinal winners returning Saturday morning, November 10, for the semifinal round. The two semifinal winners in each division move into the championship finals later that day that will determine the 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup men and women's champions.

      While the athletes concentrate on getting to the next round, World Cup guests can learn more about the latest advancements in bowling industry technology Tuesday at two free AMF seminars, conducted by lane maintenance specialist Cliff Adair and ball drilling guru Del Warren. The seminars will be held in the PS Bowl annex and are designed to enhance attendees' knowledge about lane maintenance and personal equipment selection. Registration is required; interested parties should contact Bowling World Cup tournament manager Anne-Marie Board or her assistant, Tina Quirke, no later than October 1. (fax 44-1-442-286-530 or e-mail [email protected])

      Board also noted that AMF would bring its Bowling Centre Management School to Pattaya immediately preceding the Bowling World Cup. Noted international coach and technical instructor Len Charney will conduct the October 28-November 2 school, which is designed to take a proprietor/manager through the period leading up to opening a center and immediately thereafter. Marketing, planning, staff and job specifications, customer service, and more will be among the topics discussed. For information on cost, content and lodging accommodations, contact Board at the above-listed fax or e-mail address.

      The AMF Bowling World Cup, founded by AMF Bowling Inc., is the largest annual international sports competition in the world in terms of number of participating countries. A record 88 countries, and 155 men and women athletes, competed in the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal. AMF, PS Bowling Group, Singha Beer of Thailand and Coca-Cola are sponsoring this year's championship.

Tentative Tournament Schedule:
November 2nd - 11th, 2001

Friday 2nd November
      Arrival of Competitors
      Acclimatization and Unofficial Practice
      Ball Control

Saturday 3rd November
      Arrival of Competitors
      Acclimatization and Unofficial Practice
      Ball Control
      Bowler's Briefing Meeting
      ****Welcome Reception****

Sunday 4th November
      Official Practice
      Ball Control
      Rehearsal for Opening Ceremony
      Women's First 8 Games

Monday 5th November
      Men's First 8 Games
      Women's Second 8 Games

Tuesday 6th November
      Women's Third 8 Games
      Cut to Top 24 Women and Certificate Presentation
      Men's Second 8 Games

Wednesday 7th November
      Men's Third 8 Games
      Cut to Top 24 Men and Certificate Presentation

Thursday 8th November
      Men's Top 24 - First 8 Games
      Women's Top 24 - First 8 Games
      Men's Top 24 - Second 8 Games
      Women's Top 24 - Second 8 Games

Friday 9th November
      Quarter Finals: Women's Top 8
      Quarter Finals: Men's Top 8

Saturday 10th November
      Men's and Women's
      Semi and Final Matches
      ****VICTORY BANQUET****

Sunday 11th November
      Departure of all Competitors

PLEASE NOTE: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. The above arrival dates (2nd/3rd November) and departure date (11th November) are valid however, and must be adhered to when making travel arrangements for National representatives.

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