2012 Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships officially declared open


    Hong Kong

    Colorful opening ceremonies kick off the 22nd edition of Asia's premier bowling event

     The 22nd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships kicked off with the traditional dotting of the lions' eyes during the opening ceremonies Monday evening at bowling center Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China.

    Joining the almost 300 players and officials from 23 countries were Guests of Honor, Victor Hui Chun Fui, GBS, JP, Vice President of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, and Raymond Young Lap Moon, JP, Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs, Home Affairs Bureau.

    The photo shows officials Vivian Lau, Sheikh Talal, Kevin Dornberger and Kyohei Akagi flanked by the Guests of Honor. Click on the image to enlarge.

    Spearheading the numerous federations presidents and representatives of the participating countries were: His Highness Sheikh Talal Mohammad Al-Sabah, President of the Asian Bowling Federation; Kevin Dornberger, President of WTBA and FIQ; Vivien Lau, BBS, JP., Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Honorary Life President of ABF and Secretary General of FIQ; Kyohei Akagi, WTBA Honorary Life President; ABF Executive Committee Members, Fareed Taha, Fong Wun Mun, Farouk Haridi, Oky Harwanto Joedo and Takaya Aizawa; as well as the newly elected Vice Presidents of ABF, Layth Tommy Thomas, Choi Jang-Kyu, Michael Seymour and Suwalai Satrulee.

     Miss Astrid Lo, emceed the opening ceremonies in which Hong Kong national bowlers, Wu Siu Hong and Milki Ng (l-r) took the bowlers' oath on behalf of the players and head referee Leung Yuet Ming, took the oath on behalf of the tournament officials.

    The lion dance was performed by the Sun Ngai Kwun Performing Arts group. Vivien Lau, also the chairman of the host Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, then invited Sheikh Talal, Kevin Dornberger, Victor Hui and Raymond Young to perform the traditional dotting of the lions' eyes to wish for good fortune and smooth running of the championships.

    Raymond Young then declared the championships officially open. The guests were then invited to a welcoming reception hosted by HKTBC.

    2012AsCLogo.jpgThe 215 players - 128 men and 87 women - compete in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines: Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All Events and Masters.

    The 22nd Asian Championships will be contested on two oil pattern - a 36 ft. short pattern and a 41 ft. medium pattern, which will be conditioned by Kegel using the battery powered Kustodian ION Sport Model. Lane conditioner and lane cleaner of choice for the championships are Infinity and Defense C.

    Real action starts on Tuesday with the Singles competition (six games on short oil) followed by Doubles (six games on medium oil) on Wednesday. The Trios and Team events will feature both oil patterns (three games on each pattern). The players and teams with the highest pinfall total after six games will be declared the champions.

    The top 16 players in All Events (24 games; individual pinfall total in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team event) will advance to the Masters finals which will be played on dual lane condition.

    The All Events standings will also determine the Asian qualifiers for 2013 Combined World Championships in Las Vegas, USA, as well as the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

    The top 12 countries in each gender with the highest All Events total of the top five players will qualify for the men's and women's division of the World Championships. The top eight countries with the highest All Events total of the top five men plus the top five women qualify for the World Games.


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