26th May, Hong Kong: Sixty-five men, thirteen women and 33 officials from nine Asian countries will be taking part in the 1st Asian Para Tenpin Bowling Championships 2023 to be held from May 27 to 31 at Belair Bowling Centre, Shatin.
The physically disabled athletes were confirmed during the team managers meeting held at the Regal Riverside Hotel near the bowling centre. China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and host, Hong Kong are the participating countries.
Before the meeting commenced, Ms Vivien Lau, SBS, JP., Chairman of Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress on behalf of H.E. Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah, President of IBF/ABF and the Organizing Chairman and , Mr Hui Chung Shing, Herman, GBS, MH, JP. of HKSAPD, welcomed the team officials to Hong Kong and thanked them for their support with their participation.
Ms Lau also briefed the officials on the details of the official opening ceremony, which will be held tomorrow at Belair Bowling Centre before handing the meeting to Dr. Danny Santos, Tournament Director to kick off the team managers' meeting.
Dr Santos went through a roll-call, during which some of the team officials were not in attendance as they are due to arrive later today. He covered all aspects of the championships including specific rules & regulations, lane draws for various events and the official practice precedures.
There are a total of six categories - TPB1, TPB2, TPB3, TPB8, TPB9 and TPB10 and two divisions - men and women. Three events will be contested which comprise of Singles (6 games), Doubles (6 games) and Trios (4 games) for all categories.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 category winners. If there are only 3 athletes in each category, only gold and silver medals will be awarded. And if there are only 2 athletes in each category, only the gold medal will be awarded.
Some events will have a mixture of men and women due to a lack of complete Doubles and Trios teams. When a mix occurs, women will receive a handicap of 10 pins for each game. All Events medals will also be awarded to the top 3 athletes with the highest total pinfalls (16 games) in each category.
The official practice is scheduled for tomorrow (May 27) divided into two squads, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. This will be followed by the opening ceremony at 18:00 hrs local time.
Committee members of the Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (HKSAPD), sponsors, partners, dignitaries, distinguished guests, team officials and athletes will be present during the opening event.
Competition will kick off with the Singles on Sunday, May 28 for the TPB1 and TPB3 in the first squad and TPB2 and TPB10 in the second squad. The Singles third squad for TPB8 and TPB9 will be contested on Monday, May 29.
Doubles and Trios (team) events will be staged on May 30 and 31 respectively. A victory banquet hosted by HKSAPD will be held at Regal Riverside Hotel at 19:00 hrs. ABF Online will be live streaming all the events from tomorrow through to the final day.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.
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