19th August, Singapore: Eighty boys and 49 girls totaling 129 athletes and 45 team officials from 13 countries have converged in the Lion city for the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships hosted by Singapore Bowling Federation.
The Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship is one of the best championships for youth under the age of 18, which Singapore first hosted 25 years ago and has now returned to the island.
Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Chinese Taipei have entered two boys and two girls teams, Hong Kong and Kuwait two boys team while Japan, New Zealand and Philippines one boys and one girls team. Qatar has two boys team, Saudi Arabia one boys team, Vietnam one boys team plus two additional boys with Thailand just two boys.
Team officials attended the managers' meeting held at SingaporeBowling @ Rifle Range chaired by Dr Danny Santos, the Tournament Director. Ms Vivien Lau, BBS, JP., Hononary Life President of Asian Bowling Federation along with Dr Valerie Teo, President of SBF, Mr Kristijonas Sergojovas, Technical Delegate and Mr Tan ZhiQiang, Vice President of SBF and Mr Melvyn Fones, Tournament Manager were present as well.
The meeting kicked off with a roll-call during which the technical handbook were distributed containing championships schedule, lane draws for each event and the official practice starting lanes. The meeting also highlighted important issues such as ball registration, submission of line ups and matters pertaining the the rules and regulations.
The technical delegate also briefed on the oiling pattern used for the championships and how the lanes will be dressed daily. He also touched on the topography of the pattern used and gave some advice on how teams can best adapt to it.
Dr Santos also announced members of the Jury of Appeal, namely Ms Vivien Lau, Dr Valerie Teo and Mr Maradona Chok, Secretary General of Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress, whom were appointed by Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah, President of IBF and ABF.
The tournament director also highlighted that only medals won by the A Team will count towards the overall boys team champion, overall girls team champion and overall team champion. However, all players, regardless of A or B Teams, can win medals in all the events they compete in.
An official opening ceremony will be held on August 20 at SingaporeBowling @ Rifle Range commencing 11.30am local time followed by a welcome lunch at Temasek Club. The official practice, divided into two squads will be held thereafter.
Competition will kick off with the Singles event on Monday, August 21 followed by the Doubles on August 22. The Team event will be contested on August 23. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on their standings in the All-Events (18 games) will qualify for the Masters Finals.
The Round-Robin Matchplay Masters Finals will be contested over two days (8 games in Block 1 and 8 games in Block 2) on August 24 and 25. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls after the two blocks will proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals.
Live video streaming thoughout the championships will be featured starting with the opening ceremony, official practice, Singles, Doubles, Team and Masters Finals through to the Stepladder Shootout.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.