2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships
Eight countries vying for glory
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1st December, Manila: Eight countries from the South East Asian region will be vying for glory when the 2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championship gets underway on Tuesday at Coronado Lanes, Starmall EDSA in Mandaluyong City.

Team officials from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and host nation, Philippines attended the managers' meeting held at the BSA Tower during which the teams confirmed their players for the games which will be held from December 2 to 8, 2019.

Six nations sent their full team of four men and four women while Myanmar has two men and two women and Vietnam has four men and two women players. A total of 30 men and 28 women will take to the lanes tomorrow for their official practice sessions.

Dr Danny Santos, Tournament Director kicked off the meeting with a roll call followed by a welcome speech by Mr Bonnie Solis, Host Tournament Coordinator, on behalf of the organizers. Dr Santos also introduced members of the head table namely Mr John Janawicz, Technical Delegate for the championship.

Members of the Tournament Committee at the head table

Dr Santos went through all the technical information regarding the championships including the revised schedule, official practice sessions, the four events to be contested, transportation and other general information.

Mr Janawicz then introduced the two oiling patterns to be used for the championships namely, medium pattern (41 feet) and the long pattern (46 feet). He also detailed the guidelines regarding ball registration procedures and ball replacement policy.

The players will compete in four events, namely Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Team event and the Masters. The top 16 men and top 16 women based on the All-Events standings (24 games) will qualify for the Masters finals.

No medals will be awarded for the All Events. A country will not be able to win all three medals in each of the event. If the third-place players is from the same country as the first two, then the fourth-placed player will be awarded the bronze medal.

Tournament Director, Dr Danny Santos chairing the team managers' meeting

Finalists in the Masters finals will bowl two blocks of 8 games each over the two days and the top 3 men and top 3 women will advance to the stepladder finals. Should all three men or all three women come from the same country, all can advance to the stepladder finals but the third-placed player will not be awarded the bronze. The bronze medal will instead be awarded to the fourth-placed player.

Competition will commence with the Singles on December 2 culminating with the Masters Stepladder finals on December 8. Asian Bowling Federation will be on-site to provide live scoring and daily reports of the games. The Philippines 2019 30th SEA Games is being hosted by Philippines for the fourth time last hosting it in 2005.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

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