KUWAIT: The opening ceremony of the 25th Asian Ten Pin Bowling Championship dazzled guests with its various shows that were upto international standards, as competitions will start today and the first gold medals will be handed out today for the women singles.

With the outstanding professional organization, and the fantastic ceremony, by President of the International and Asian Bowling Federations, and Chairman of Kuwait Bowling Club Sheikh Talal Al-Mohammad, the championship which will continue until Oct 30, under the patronage of HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah with the participation of 228 players, representing 27 countries competing for 12 gold medals in six categories.

Minister of Information, State Minister for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri representing HH the Prime Minister declared the 25th Asian Bowling Ten Pin Championship Open.

Al-Jabri told journalists that such events bring back Kuwait to continental and world arenas following years of suspension. He also lauded the role the Bowling Club in playing to bring out the championship in a way that is suitable for Kuwait’s name and status.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Talal said the organization of this continental gathering comes with the instructions of the political leadership to restore Kuwait’s pionership in all fields including sports.

Al-Mohamad said he as well as all club members are happy to have this tournament coincide with the return of Kuwait’s leader HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in good health.

Sheikh Talal Al-Mohammad appreciated the patronage of HH the prime minister of the tournament, and lauded the support of Public Authority for Sport and all those who helped in the preparations for the event.
PAS Director General Dr Humood Fulaiteh lauded the distinguished opening ceremony, which materialized following hard effort by the organizing committee led by Sheikh Talal Al-Mohammad.

He said Kuwait is the forefront in organizing major sports events at all levels, be it regional or international, adding that there will be more events in the coming period.

Meanwhile, the Bowling Center located in Salmiya will at 4:10 pm today see the first award ceremony through the women’s individual competition, as competition is expected to be hot between South Korea, Malaysians, Japanese and Taipei players, as they are the strongest in Asia.
The men’s individuals competition will follow the women’s award ceremony.

By Abdellatif Sharaa