Asian Intercity championships declared open
13th October, Singapore: The 25th edition of the Asian Intercity Bowling Championship was officially declared open today by Member of Parliament of Nee Soon GRC, Dr Lim Wee Kiak which was held at Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club marking the start of the tournament.
In her welcome address, President of the Singapore Bowling Federation, Mrs Jessie Phua, thanked the members of the Asian Intercity Bowling Council for their commitment and hard work in supporting talent in Asia.
"The Asian zone is definitely a dominant zone in the world of bowling and this is in no small part due to incredible contributions from alternative bowling organisations like the Asian Intercity Bowling Council," added Mrs Phua.
The Asian Intercity Bowling Council (AIBC) President, Mr Johnson Cheng, addressed the guests and competitors and remarked: "This is the tournament that started a lot of great careers and I hope that it will start many more young bowlers on the road to becoming legends and bring pride to their countries in the sport of ten pin bowling."
A renewed commitment by AIBC to the youth was also made as Mr Johnson Cheng, with the support of Mrs Jessie Phua, who initiated the idea, announced plans to get a youth tournament going. "In order to keep the sport going, we must develop our youth bowlers."Host team competitors, Alexander Tan and Bernice Lim, took the competitors' oath while Assistant Tournament Manager, Mr Siva, took the officials' oath.
"Sports is a good way of fostering closer ties and relationships between Asian Cities. This Asian Intercity Bowling Championship is a good example as bowlers from 17 cities have gathered in Singapore for the competition. Apart from sharpening their skills, friendships and ties will be enhanced," said Dr Lim Wee Kiak, as he declared the championship officially open.
The tournament will kick off with the Singles on October 14. The next two events will be the Doubles and the Team Event on October 15 and 16 respectively. Medal presentations will be done after every event.
The top 16 men and 16 women in the All Events standings will qualify for the Masters finals on October 17.
Photos by SingaporeBowling.