CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Want to bowl in a different alley? How 'bout next to the pyramids?

About 145 bowlers from 85 countries converged Saturday for the opening of the AMF Bowling World Cup.

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif and President Hosni Mubarak led the ceremony which featured folk dancing in a military-built bowling complex in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis.

The bowlers begin three days of qualifying Sunday, narrowing the field to the top 24 men and women. For the finals on Nov. 22, the contestants will bowl on specially built lanes next to the pyramids.

Lucy Sandelin, an American who won the competition in 1976 at age 18, is the women's favorite. Michael Sassen of the Netherlands is the men's favorite.