Leading players from around the world are expected to compete in the second Dubai International Bowling Tournament to be held from February 12 to 26 at the Dubai International Bowling Centre in Al Mamzar.
Organised by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE National Olympic, the tournament will be conducted in three divisions – Open, 23 years and under and Women.
Over 150 bowlers are expected to vie for honours in this competition which has been sanctioned by the Emirates Bowling Federation, Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) and World Ten-Pin Bowling Association with total prize money of over Dh300,000 up for grabs.
The Open champion will receive Dh60,000, 23 years and under winner Dh25,000 and the women’s champion Dh8,000 plus trophies.
This tournament will also serve as prelude to the ABF Tour to be held in Dubai on February 27 featuring top 16 professionals.
It is an Asian ranking tournament towards the World Ranking Masters Finals and is open to all local and international bowlers.
“Two UAE players will be taking part in the ABF depending on their performance in the Dubai International Bowling Tournament. Hussain Al Suwaidi, Shaker Al Hassan, Naif Oqab, Sayed Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Mahmood Al Attar and Mohammed Khalifa Al Qubasi are the top UAE bowlers. I think they are going to do something good in the Asian Tour because they are training hard,” said Rashid Lootah, a member of the local organising committee.
“We are very proud of the achievements of the UAE national bowling team that just last month was awarded the ‘Best Team’ award in the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Creative Sports Awards,” said Hessa Al Kous representing DSC at a press conference to announce the event.
“This tournament will give the UAE players a highly competitive platform to showcase their skills against some of the best players from all over the world,” she added.
Chairman of the organizing committee Adel Lootah said top players from Europe and the Far East in addition to the GCC will provide a high level of competition.