110 of the Asian region's top male and female bowlers under 22 years of age have congregated in Hong Kong to compete in the 12th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships, officially launched in a colourful Opening Ceremony at SCAA Lanes this evening. The ceremony began with a march-out of Teams representing the 17 nations competing in the Championships and following a Welcome address by ABF President, Mrs Vivien Fung, the event was declared open by The Hon. Timothy Fok, IOC Member and President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Council of Hong Kong, China.
Mrs Fung extended a warm welcome to visiting athletes and officials, humorously explaining a Chinese expression that says when important people go out, they bring wind and rain, and that because there are very, very important people visiting Hong Kong for the Championships, this could account for the extra cold weather as well. "This tournament will be a very