21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships
Fabulous ceremony at the opening
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5th July, Bangkok: Thai Tenpin Bowling Association put on a fabulous ceremony to mark the opening of the 21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin, Bangkok on Wednesday morning.

The ceremony was attended by Ms Vivien Lau, SBS, JP., Honorary Life President of ABF, representing Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah, President of ABF & IBF; Mr Wiwatchai Ratanarat, Vice President of Thai Tenpin Bowling Association; Mr Michael Seymour, President of Oceanic Bowling Federation and Ms Suwalai Satrulee, Vice President of ABF and secretary general of TTBA.

Other distinguished guests included Mr Jeong Suk, President of Korea Bowling Congress; Mr Bandar Al-Shafi, ABF Executive Committee Member and Head of Delegation for Qatar Team; Dr Danny Santos, Tournament Director; Mr Maradona Chok, secretary general of Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress and representatives of sponsors and partners.

Mr Pasut Punsanthaveekul, emcee for the ceremony, welccomed all present and kicked off proceedings by introducing the distinguished guests, dignitaries, committee members of ABF before announcing the march past of the 17 participating countries.

Participating teams parade at the opening ceremony

Mr Wiwatchai Ratanarat, in his speech, welcomed all participants and guests to the opening ceremony and thanked the teams for their support in taking part in this championship. Ms Vivien Lau delivered her speech on behalf of the President of ABF and offered her best wishes to the participants and to the organising committee for a smooth and successful championship.

Mr Vilinkorn Kladkaew and Ms Ramita Sarntong took the athlete oath on behalf of all the players while Dr Santos and Mr Kristijonas Sergojovas, Technical Delegate from Kegel Inc. took the oath on behalf of tournament officials.

After the speeches, the guests were entertained to a superb Pom Pom Dance performances followed by a traditional Thai offerings of flowers for good luck in the competition.

A total of 66 boys, 41 girls and 49 team officials from 17 countries will be vying for honours starting tomorrow, July 6. Four events will be contested consisting of Singles, Doubles Team of 4 and Masters Finals.

Competition will kick off with the Singles on July 6 and 7 over three squads. The Doubles on July 7 and 8 over three squads. Team events of two blocks of 3 games each will be staged on July 9 and 10. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the total pinfalls from the three events will qualify for the Masters Finals to be contested over two blocks of 8 games on July 11 and 12.

Mr Wiwatchai Ratanarat delivering his welcome speech at the opening ceremony

The top 3 boys and top 3 girls with the highest pinfalls in the Masters Finals will proceed to the Stepladder Finals to determine the Masters champions. Trophies will also be awarded to the overall girls champion, overall boys champion and Overall champion based on the medals won by each country.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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