31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships
Asian Intercity Championships declared open
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6th November, Yancheng: The 31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships, hosted for the first time in city of Yancheng, China and attended by some of Yancheng's top government officials was declared open on Monday.

Ten member cities of the Asian Intercity Bowling Council together with six guest cities will be vying for glory at the 31st edition of the immensely popular and friendly championship at Yancheng Bowling Center from November 5 to 12.

Happy Valley, Hong Kong, Kowloon, New Territories from Hong Kong, China, Kuala Lumpur city from Malaysia, Macau, Paranaque City and Pasay City from Philippines, Wuhan and host Yancheng from China are the member cities.

Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Yangzhou from China, Chinese Taichung from Chinese Taipei and Jeju from Korea are the guest cities invited to participate making it a total of 16 participating cities and a total of 133 players.

Dignitaries at the Head Table

Mr Tang Dongqin, Director of Yancheng Municipal Bureau of Sports, kicked off the opening proceedings with the introduction of the distinguished guests present at the opening ceremony and welcomed all dignitaries and guests before the China National anthem being played.

This was followed by the marchpast of the participating teams. Among the dignitaries were, Mr Mr Johnson Cheng, President of Asian Intercity Bowling Council, Mr Lu Weidong, former Vice Deputy of Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Sport, Mr Ge Qifa, Vice Mayor of Yancheng Municipal Government and Mr Guo Jiansheng, Organizing Chairman and Vice President of Chinese Bowling Association.

Also present were Mr Zhang Busheng, Deputy Secretary General of Yancheng Municipal Government, Mr Huang Kai, Vice Chief of the 4th Office of Multi-ball Games Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport of China, Mr Ni Xiangrong, President of Dafeng Port Holdings Group, Mr Gary Smith, Vice President of International Sales, Brunswick.

Other dignitaries included Mr Chung Younghee, Prof with the Korean National Sport University, Mr Wang Jiaxin, Project Supervisor fof China Bowling Association, AIBC Vice President, Mr Richard Lai, AIBC Council members, Ms Nena Yap, Mr James Dela Cruz, Mr Frankie Cheung, Ms Michelle Wong and Mr Sun Yongliang, Vice President of main sponsor Huifeng Group.

Speeches by Mr Ge Qifa, Mr Huang Kai, Mr Johnson Cheng and Mr Sun Yongliang followed thereafter. Ms Peng Rui, team member of Yancheng, took the oath on behalf of the players and a referee took the oath on behlf of the officials.

Participating teams parade at the opening ceremony

Mr Lu Weidong, former Vice Deputy of Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Sport subsequently concluded the opening ceremony by declaring the championship official open. Dignitaries, guests, team officials and players then adjourned to Hongji Xuanwu Hotel for a welcome reception dinner.

The championships is made up of four men, four women, four senior men and four senior women teams from the participating cities. They will contest the Singles (6 games), Doubles (6 games), Team of 4 (6 games) over the next four days.

The top 16 men, top 16 women and top 16 senior men based on the All Events (total of 18 games) will qualify for the Masters final knockout elimination round (best of 3 games) with the winners proceeding to the quarter-final round. The top 8 senior women based on the All Events will qualify for the Masters final knockout elimination quarter-final round.

The championship will kick off with the Singles tomorrow (November 7 and 8), the Doubles on November 8 and 9, the Team of 4 on November 10 and 11 culminating with the the Masters finals on November 11 and 12.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Yancheng, China.

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