by Bob Johnson 0


A confirmed entry of a record 13 nations will be competing at the hospitable 14-lane Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona this week, running March 30 through to April 2.

Teams at practice

This prestigious annual event has three new nations competing this year, Croatia, Slovenia and Tunisia, joining stalwarts, Catalonia, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, San Marino and Turkey.

There was hope of one further nation joing this year’s group, but their effort fell though at the last moment.

The Promedia company, under the direction of Jordi Pons, is this year’s host and Roni Ashkanazi from Israel is the tournament director.

Roni Ashkenazi commented: “We are very pleased that the MCC is attracting more countries and it is wonderful to be back here in Barcelona where everything is so well organized. This event is now one big happy family enjoying the friendly competition.”

Competition disciplines include Singles and Doubles for both men and women, Mixed Teams and the televised and web-streamed Masters’ finals are scheduled to commence at 17:00 on Saturday, April 2.

At the Managers’ Meeting on Wednesday morning it was announced that the 2012 Mediterranean Challenge Cup will be hosted by San Marino, March 27 – April 1. The 2013 Cup will be held in Slovenia at dates yet to be announced.

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Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.