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Irish ten-pin aces to bowl in Japan at Olympic showcase

Two Irish tenpin bowlers head to Tokyo, Japan, for the Bowling World Open starting on July 9.

Christopher Sloan aged 20, currently tops the Irish men's rankings and last October, won the Dubai International Youth Open.

Amanda Larkin is not just the country's top female player; she also takes on the men and made the semi-finals of the Irish Open in Stillorgan Leisureplex last January.

With ten-pin bowling recently included in the short list of eight new sports for the Tokyo Olympics of 2020, the Bowling World Open aims to showcase the sport.

Ten-pin bowling, with 200 million players worldwide, made the cut after vigorous lobbying by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport.

Four sports from the eight will be selected for Tokyo 2020 in September.

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