KARACHI - Second PTBF National Ranking Tenpin Bowling Championship grand opening ceremony was held at Arena Bowling Club on Tuesday.
Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation secretary Ijaz Ur Rehman was the chief guest on the occasion, while Khawaja Ahmed Mustaqeem, CEO Virtual Axis, co-sponsors of the mega event was the guest of honour. PTBF vice president Aleem Agha, defending champion Shabbir Lashkarwala, other dignitaries, players and bowling lovers were also present on the colorful opening ceremony.
It was festivity all around as arena was packed to capacity due to excessive entries of players and organisers looked completely satisfied with the over-whelming response especially from the amateurs, who turned up in quite a few numbers from local colleges and universities.
Chief guest throw the ball to declare the event open. Amateur event was conducted on the inaugural day. Media event will be held on 24th, while professionals singles event would start from 25th, doubles and team event would be held on 26th, and the finals of all categories would be held on 27th.
Speaking on the occasion, Ijaz, who is the top seed of the event said it was a big moment in Pakistan Tenpin bowling history, as he had never witnessed such immense response from amateurs and professional players. “I had managed to accomplish the first task that was to bring out players. I was not expecting such a huge response from the players.
He said there were hardly 4 or 5 female players in the previous events, but now we have managed to take 30 female players on board, with 27 fresh ones and three of them are professionals. “To buck up female contestants, we have decided to follow international bowling rules and each female player will be given 8 handicapped points in each game, so they could take heart and pose serious threat to male contestants.”
“The main aim of signing MOU with Virtual Axis was to generate maximum amount of funds, which would be utilised purely on promotion of the game. We have already announced that top three players would be sent abroad for international events. we are trying to arrange sufficient funds, so that we can sent more players not only for tournaments but also for their training from world’s top coaches, which would certainly help the players.”
He said for the past 10-years he had been running the federation at his own, without a single penny help from government or any other private institution. “We not only organised number of ranking and non-ranking events, but also participated in international events and kept the country’s flag high across the globe.”
“Pakistan Sports Board could have solved our long standing problem of constructing our own bowling club, but they are not in a mood to listen to our genuine demand. The matter of fact is that the bowling club could have generated huge amount of revenues for not only federation but also for the PSB, as we had proposed joint venture. We were also let down by Capital Development Authority, who despite making numerous promises of allocating a piece of land for construction of bowling alley, never fulfilled their promise.”
Meanwhile, the competitive action started with amateur event in which include six female and 12 male players. After first round, M Sibtain Ali with 152 points grabbed top spot, followed by Gerald John with 128 points, Ubaid Ur Rehman 118 points, Mubashir Hassan 114 and Tayyab Malik 106 points, while none of female players could match male players as they were eliminated in the first hurdle. Ramna Amir, Warisha Amir and Alina Musarat finished at 13th position with the combined score of 35 each.
In the second round of matches, Sibtain further consolidate his position at the top with another round of 172, thus managing to score 324 points. Ubaid played 148 round to grab second spot with total of 266 points, Tayyab Malik scored 145 in the second to finish third with total score of 251, while in the females Warisha scored 46 points in the second game, thus ending first in girls with the total of 97 points while Ramna remained second with total score of 87 points.