26th July, Shanghai: A traditional ceremony graced by Ms Zhao Li Ping, Deputy Directotr, State General Administration of Sport, China marked the opening of the 2019 Storm U22 International Youth Bowling Championships at Hao's Bowling Center on Friday.
The ceremony was also attended by Mr Luo Wen Hua, Deputy Director of Shanghai Sports Bureau, Ms Li Yuan, Deputy Head of Huangpu District, Shanghai, Ms Yan Ya Zhen, Former VIce President of Shanghai Sports Association and Ms Vivien Lau, Secretary General of World Bowling.
Also present were dignitaries and distinguished guests Ms Shen Yun, Director of the Sports Bureau of Huangpu District, Shanghai, Mr Dong Shi Qi, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of Shanghai Bowling Association, Mr Winston Chan, Vice President of Macao-China Bowling Association and Mr Zhu Shunwai, General Manager of Shanghai Hao's Bowling Center.
Ms Pan Jing and Mr Merv Foo, emcees for the ceremony, welcomed all present and kicked off preceedings by introducing the guest of honour ,dignitaries, distinguished guests, team officials and the participating teams.
After the China national anthem was played, Ms Zhao delivered her opening speech and thanked all the supporting organizations, the generous sponsors and the participating teams for attending the immensely popular tenpin bowling championships for the youth aged 22 and under.
An athlete oath was taken by a young team member of Shanghai Hao's Bowling team while an official from China Bowling Association took the oath on behalf of all the officials. This was followed by the traditional dotting of the lion's eyes.
The lion dance performances followed which ended with a welcome banner and best wishes fromn the lions. A total of 116 youths from seven Asian countries will be vying for honours. Players will bowl two blocks of four games each divided into three squads over the next two days.
The top 44 with the highest pinfalls including a six pins handicap allocated to the girl's division, will qualify for the finals scheduled for July 28. The finalists will bowl four games with pins carried forward from the preliminaries.
The top 16 with the highest pinfalls at the end of the finals will advance to the best-of-three Round of 16 knockout matches. The winners will advance to the quarter-finals, again in the best-of-three knockout matches.
The winners will then proceed to the semi-finals and subsequently the final, again in the best-of-three knockout matches to determine the champion. The top 3 winners will be awarded trophies with attractive cash prizes.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Shanghai, China.