Jessie Phua elected as FIQ President

    08/31/07

    Mexico

    KevinDornbergerJessiePhua.jpg Jessie Phua of Singapore was elected president of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs on Thursday at the FIQ Congress, which is held in conjunction with the Women's World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico.

    Phua, who is the president of the Singapore Bowling Federation, defeated incumbent FIQ president Steve Hontiveros of the Philippines, 97-74, to become the first female FIQ president in the history of this organization for the next four years.

    The picture shows Phua with newly elected WTBA president Kevin Dornberger, United States.

    Besides Hontiveros, Jessie Phua, who is a businesswoman and also is also a nominated member of the Singapore Parliament and an Executive Committee member of the Singapore National Olympic Council, faced two more contenders for the president’s office, Salman Abdul Ghani, Qatar Bowling Federation, and Cho Jong Gook, Korea Bowling Congress.

    Cho pulled out of the race before the election started. In the first round, Phua received 68 votes, Hontiveros 66 and Abdul Ghani 37 votes. Since there was no majority (more than 50% of the votes), the election went into a second round with Salman, who has the least votes, being dropped. The results of the second round were: Phua defeated Hontiveros, 97-74.

    The congress elected Joan Ricart from Spain and Gustavo Lopez from Guatemala as 1st and 2nd vice president, respectively.