Bowling competition is underway at 15th Asian Games

    12/03/06

    Qatar

    Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Dec. 3-10, 2006)

    2006AsianGamesLogo.jpg On the third day of the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, the bowling competition got underway at 9 am with the women's Singles and with men's Singles following at 5pm (two squads each).

    77 women from 15 countries (Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) and 114 men from 20 countries (Bahrain, Brunei, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, and Uzbekistan) take on the lanes at the Qatar Bowling Center through December 10 to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines - Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters.

    Individual totals from Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team are combined to determine the All Events winner. The top 16 men and the top 16 women in All Events - but only two players from one country in each division - advance to Masters play. The top 3 men and the top 3 women after 16 games will determine the champion in a stepladder final (one-game matches).

    2006MWCRemyOng_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli.jpg The 191-player field is spearheaded by 2002 Masters champions Remy Ong (left) from Singapore and Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia. Ong, a 3-time gold medalist in Busan, Korea, in 2002, has also won the titles in Singles and Trios with Lee Yu Wen, who is also in Qatar, and Sam Goh. Unfortunately for All Events leader Ong, there were no medals given in All Events in Busan.

    2006ABF05MubarakAlMuraikhi_small.jpg Ahmed_Shaheen_3802.jpg Also targeting to defend their Doubles title are Paeng Nepomuceno and RJ Bautista, Philippines. Japan has brought six new players to defend the five-player Team title. Among the six players from the host country Qatar are the 2002 Masters runner-ups Mubarak Ali Al-Muraikhi (left) and his cousin Ahmed Shaheen.

    Wendy Chai.jpg Kim_Soo-Kyung_5294.jpg Besides Zulkifli, the Malaysian women's team features 2002 Doubles champion Wendy Chai (left; with Sarah Yap, retired, now national coach in Saipan). The other women's titles in 2002 went to Kim Soo-Kyung (right) and her teammates from Korea.

    Soo-Kyung, who won gold in Singles, Trios (with Cha Mi Jung and Kim Yeau Jin) and Team (with Yeau Jin, Kim Hee Soon, Nam Bo Ra and Kim Hyo Mi) and also led in All Events is not in Qatar to defend her titles. However, three of the six players are back, two-time champion Kim Yeau Jin and Team champions Nam Bo Ra and Kim Hyo Mi.

    The Asian Games are the biggest sporting event in Asia right after the Olympic Games. The Doha 2006 Asian Games are set to be the biggest Asian Games to date as they are the last large-scale multi-sport event before the Beijing 2006 Olympics. More than 12,000 participants from 45 nations will compete in 39 sports and 46 disciplines from December 1-15.

    Review - 2002 Asian Games in Busan, Korea
    - Singles
    - Doubles
    - Trios
    - Team and All Events
    - Masters



    2006 Bowling Schedule of Events


    December 3, 2006
    09:00 Women's Singles - Squad A (6 Games)
    13:00 Women's Singles - Squad B (6 Games)
    17:00 Men's Singles - Squad A (6 Games)
    21:00 Men's Singles - Squad B (6 Games)

    December 4, 2006
    09:00 Men's Doubles - Squad A (6 Games)
    13:00 Men's Doubles - Squad B (6 Games)
    17:30 Women's Doubles - Squad A (6 Games)
    21:30 Women's Doubles - Squad B (6 Games)

    December 5, 2006
    09:00 Men's Trios Squad A (First Block of 3 Games)
    13:00 Men's Trios Squad B (First Block of 3 Games)
    17:30 Women's Trios (First Block of 3 Games)

    December 6, 2006
    09:00 Women's Trios (Second Block of 3 Games)
    13:00 Men's Trios Squad A (Second Block of 3 Games)
    17:00 Men's Trios Squad B (Second Block of 3 Games)

    December 7, 2006
    09:00 Men's Five-Player Team (First Block of 3 Games)
    13:30 Women's Five-Player Team (First Block of 3 Games)

    December 8, 2006
    09:00 Women's Five-Player Team (Second Block of 3 Games)
    13:30 Men's Five-Player Team (Second Block of 3 Games)

    December 9, 2006
    09:00 Men's Masters (First Block - 8 Games)
    12:30 Women's Masters (First Block - 8 Games)

    December 10, 2006
    09:00 Women's Masters (Second Block - 8 Games)
    12:30 Men's Masters (Second Block - 8 Games)
    16:00 Women's Stepladder Final (No. 3 vs. No. 2, winner vs. No. 1)
    17:30 Men's Stepladder Final (No. 3 vs. No. 2, winner vs. No. 1)