Over 200 entries are expected for the third Dubai International Bowling Championships which gets underway on Saturday at the Dubai Bowling Centre, Al Mamzar. The event concludes on February 25.
Held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the UAE National Olympic Committee, it will be conducted in two categories – Open and Under-23 – with the support of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC).
The added attraction at this event that has a total prize fund of Dh300,000, will be that it will be a ranking tournament on the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) calendar towards the World Ranking Masters Final organised by the World Ten-Pin Bowling Association.
“This tournament has become very popular on the ABF (Asian Bowling Federation) calendar and this can be seen with the increase in the number of entries this year. We are expecting close to 100 bowlers from the UAE itself in addition to the overseas players who will be here to get ranking points,” said Rashid Al Lootah, the tournament director.
The competition will get under way for the local bowlers from February 11, while the overseas players will join in from February 19.
During the qualifying rounds of the tournament, each bowler will be required to bowl a total of nine games in blocks of three games. In the Open competition, the top 26 bowlers will be joined by the top two UAE bowlers in the semi-final rounds.
Hessa Al Kous, Head of Events at DSC and Ahmed Murad, Director of UAE Bowling Federation were confident the tournament would be a success.
This annual event has sponsorship from SuperPrice Rent A Car, Mars Digital Printing, French Bakery, Grand Service Station Auto Service, La Marquise Coffee Shop and Grand Capital.