13th August, Bangkok: Eleven Asian countries comprising of 64 boys and 40 girls are set to compete at the 21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships when it gets underway at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin, Bangkok, Thailand.
Team officials from Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, United Arab Emriates, debutant Cambodia and host nation, Thailand attended the managers' meeting graced by Honorary Life President of ABF, Ms Vivien Lau and ABF Vice President and secretary general of Thailand Tenpin Bowling Association, Ms Suwalai Satrulee.
Also at the head table were Dr Danny Santos, Tournament Director, Mr Choi Jang-Kyu, ABF Vice President and Mr Arun Suppaterawet, Host Tournament Coordinator.
Three countries have entered two full boys and girls teams and they are Kuwait, Philippines and Singapore while Japan, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei have one full boys and girls teams. Hong Kong entered two boys teams and two girls. Qatar and United Arab Emirates entered one full boys team each.
Dr Santos in charing the meeting stressed several key points to take note and they are the Covid-19 protocols. All atheles must undergo two Covid-19 tests, one on August 14 and a second on August 18. Those testing positive will be disqualified from the championships.
Lane draws have already been done prior to the meeting and is listed in the technical handbook handed out to the team managers. A few countries submited changes to their registered players list at the meeting.
The tournament director also highlighted that only medals won by the A team will count towards the overall champion boys, overall champion girls and the overall team champion.
An official opening ceremony will take place on Sunday morning, August 14 at 10.00am local time and official practice over two session will follow thereafter.
Competition will kick off with the Singles on August 15, Doubles on August 16, Team events over two blocks on August 17 and Masters Finals over two blocks on August 18 and 19. Live video streaming of all the events will be available, including medal ceremonies.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.