Only six countries are sending full teams of 4 boys and 4 girls. Some of the countries will be making their debut at the world meet.
The seventeen countries from the Asian zone (ABF) are, Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and United Arab Emirates.
Asia has the most full teams with ten sending 4 boys and 4 girls teams. Three countries will also be making their debut at the championships. Dominican Republic, which hosted the 2000 championships in Sano Domingo is not taking part so is the host of the 2004 championships, Guam.
At the last championships in Helsinki, Finland in 2010, Korea went away as overall champion with a medal haul of 6-2-5. United States came in second with 2-3-0 while England finished third with 1-1-1.
The mighty Koreans also topped both the boys and girls medal standings with 2-2-3 and 4-0-3 respectively.
The 10-days championships will be held at the 30-lane Blu-O Paragon Bowling Center at SIam Paragon Shopping Mall. The last day for teams to arrive is June 22 and the teams managers' meeting will be held in the evening.
Official pratice will be held on June 23 followed by the opening ceremony at Blu-O Bowling Center which promises to be an extravaganza event based on the tradition of previous official championships held in Thailand.
Competition will begin proper on June 24 and 25 for the girl's and boy's singles with the medal shootout finals amongst the top four on June 26. The doubles event will be contested over 2 and a half days from June 26 to 28.
The Team of 4 will be held over two bloks of 3 games each on June 29 and 30 with the medal shootout finals on July 1. The top 24 boys and top 24 girls based on the All Events standings will advance into the Step 1 Masters finals over 6 games on July 2.
The top 8 boys and top 8 girls will qualify for the Step 2 Round-robin finals on July 3 over seven matches plus one position-round match to determine the top 4 for the shooutout finals.
Photos courtesy of Tourism Thailand.