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Asian Youth Championship officially open

8th February, Hong Kong: The sport of tenpin bowling is renowned as a gender equal, low-impact, non-contact sport that appeals to the younger generation by requiring mental and physical precision, stamina, and excellent hand-eye coordination and muscle memory.

12th Asian Youth

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

Timothy Fok
The Hon. Timothy Fok, IOC Member and President SF & OC dotting the Lion's eyes

special and unique one as we are trying a different format with the dual oiling pattern introduced by the WTBA last year," she continued. "This is to create a level playing field for bowlers of different styles…the eventual champions will be admired by all for their versatility and knowledge of the game," she added.

In her role as Chairman of the Hong Tenpin Bowling Congress, Ms. Fung also thanked the Sports Federation and Olympic Council, and the Hong Kong Sports Development Board for their continuous support, and the contribution by the commercial sector and individuals to the successful staging of the 12th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships.

The Oath on behalf of Athletes was taken by Hong Kong bowler, Wu Siu Hong and the Officials Oath was made by Tournament Director, Willie Cheung. The ceremony concluded with an entertaining Lion Dance and then athletes, officials and the large contingent of supporters and spectators were hosted at a Welcome Reception by the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress.

The Championships begin at 9am tomorrow morning with Official Practice sessions for all teams. Two one and a half hour practice sessions on both

Vivien Fung Speech
Mrs Vivien Fung, President of ABF welcomes participants to the 12th Asian Youth Championship

long and short oil lane conditions will prelude the start of the medal competitions that begin on Tuesday with the Boys and Girls Singles events.

Further information regarding the Championships can be obtained from Irene Chung of the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress Ltd, Tel: +852 2891 9786, Fax: +852 2575 2145 or email hktbc@netvigator.com.

Media released by ABF Media Director, Ms Lynne Clay. For further information, please contact her at Tel: +61 419 444 280 or email lynne.clay@tenpin.org.au.

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