18th Asian Games Palembang 2018
Asia's biggest stage set for battle
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19th August, Palembang: Asia's biggest bowling competition at the newly-built Jakabaring Sports Center is all set for 167 players from 18 countries to do battle for glory at the 18th Asian Games Palembang 2018 which will commence on Wednesday.

98 men and 69 women players were confirmed by team officials who attended the team managers' meeting chaired by Mr Michael Seymour, Technical Director for the tenpin bowling event with Ms Vivien Lau, BBS, JP, Secretary General of the World Bowling representing Sheikh Talal Mohd Al-Sabah, President of Asian Bowling Federation and World Bowling.

Alsp present were Mr Yudi Se Sutrasna, INASGOC Deputy Secretary, Mr Akmad Yusuf Wibowo, Mr Aswin Limansantoso, Secretary General of Persatuan Boling Indonesia and Competition Manager, Mr John Janawicz of Kegel Company Inc., USA, the Technical Official responsible for the maintenance of the lanes while the Head Referee was Mr Cheah Ban Cheng.

Ms Suwalai Satrulee, Vice President of ABF, Mr Choi Jang-Kyu, Vice President of ABF and Dr Danny Santos, ABF Delegate to World Bowling Executive Board are appointed Jury of Appeal introduced.

Members of the Competition Committee at the head table

Mr Seymour welcomed team officials on behalf of the host nation, Indonesia at the start of the meeting before a roll call was made. Mr Sutrasna also extended his warmest welcome to all team officials on behalf of the games organizing committee during his opening address.

Mr Seymour proceeded with the meeting by going through the competition schedule, ball registration procedures, official practice sessions and other matters of importance. Two official practice sessions will be held on August 20 and 21 where the participants will have a chance to test the two lane conditions - Medium and Long Oil pattern outlined by Mr Janawicz.

The odd-numbered lanes will be dressed with the long oil pattern and the even-numbered lanes will be dressed with the medium oil pattern selected by Mr Janawicz for the first day session while the reverse will be used for the second day session.

For the first time in the Asian Games, only three events will be contest - Trios, Team of 6 and Masters. Competition kicks off with the Women's Trios divided into 2 blocks of 3 games each on August 22 while the Men's Trios, also divided into 2 blocks of 3 games each, will be held on August 23.

The top 3 Trios in their respective divisions will be awarded the medals. The Team of 6 event will be contested over the next two days - August 24 for the women and August 25 for the men, again over two blocks of 3 games each. The top 3 Teams in their respective divisions will again be awarded the medals.

The top 16 men and top 16 women based on the 12 games total pinfalls from the two events (only a maximum of two from each NOC) will qualify for the Round-Robin Masters finals over two blocks of 8 games each on August 26 and 27. The top 3 men and top 3 women will advance to the stepladder finals shootout.

Mr Yudi Se Sutrasna delivering his welcome speech at the meeting

Also for the first time, the scoring system used will be that stipulated in the World Bowling rules - 30 pins for a strike and 10 pins for a spare plus the first ball. The system at the Jakabaring Bowling Centre has been modified to display and tabulate the new scoring system. throughout the tenpin bowling competition.

The 18th edition of the quadrennial Asian Games hosted in both Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia held its grand opening ceremony with spectacular fireworks on Saturday, August 18 at Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

His honorable, Jokowi Widodo, President of Indonesia were present at the opening together with Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of Olympic Council Asia and Head of Committee of the Asian Games (INASGOC), Mr Thohir.

The fireworks kicked off the ceremonies followed by performance of Saman Dance to greet all delegates and guests. There are a total of 17,000 athletes from 45 countries at this year's games. Up to 13,000 volunteers will help to ensure the games run smoothly.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Palembang, Indonesia.

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