With the IBSA having sent out the final round of entry forms to NPCs and national blind sport federations last week, the Czech Republic has announced that they will be sending an eight member and two guide strong ten-pin bowling team. As bowling is not a Paralympic sport, this is the most important event in blind sport’s four year Paralympic cycle.
With the IBA World Games set to get underway May 8 and last until May 18, bowlers will be competing at the Hogye Bowling Center in Seoul, about 40 to 50 minutes from the hotel where athletes will be staying. They start competition on May 13.
In ten-pin bowling, bowlers use a guide rail that starts at the foul line, and follows the approach. It is lined up with the first board. Sighted guides are used to assist the bowlers in positioning them along the guide rail where they wish to start their approach, and to tell the bowler which pins were knocked down or missed.
Other competitors confirmed by the Czech Paralympic Committee include judoka Miroslava Smrčku, showdown player Pavel David, swimmer Miroslava Smrčku who is awaiting news on classification, and a Czech goalball team seeking to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics. Two Czech referees, Petra Sezimu and Petru Hanákovou, have also been selected to officiate during the games.