Top bowlers set for world event By Patrick Salomon



    Republished courtesy of Gulf Daily News - Manama, Bahrain (Aug. 9, 2008)

    Bahrain will field six of its top national bowlers in the World Men's Championships in Nonthaburi, Thailand, later this month. The competition is sanctioned by the World Tenpin Bowling Association and Asian Bowling Federation.

    The kingdom's line-up of participants was confirmed yesterday by the Bahrain Bowling Association (BBA). They include a blend of young and veteran talents, namely Osama Khalfan, Ahmed Rahimi, Mohammed Janahi, Mohammed Sultan, Ahmed Al Bastaki, and Hameed Taqi.

    According to BBA general secretary Nasser Al Sulaiti, national bowling coach Patrick Henry of the US has supreme confidence in the group he personally handpicked for the global event, which is set to take place between August 22 and 30.

    "Coach knows what these bowlers can do and he says that they are a special mix," Al Sulaiti told the GDN. "They combine well together and we hope that they can bring good results from the championships.

    "We will only know for sure once they start competing in Thailand, so for now it is difficult to predict anything. The level of competition there will be very high, but we will be very happy with the best-possible result our team can achieve."

    The Bahrainis will be taking part in the championship's singles, doubles, trios, and team events, and will hope to finish among the top participants in the all events classification, which will eventually earn them a berth in the masters.

    The tournament's opening ceremony will be held on August 21, to be followed by the doubles event which will kick off action the 22nd.

    The trios will begin two days later, the team event from the 26th, followed by the singles beginning from the 28th. The Masters will then be held on the tournament's final day on the 30th.

    The national bowlers will be traveling to Thailand on August 17, along with four officials including coach Henry, assistant coach Khalifa Khalfan, and team administrators Abdulla Raees and Khalid Al Khaja.

    The kingdom is one of 56 nations taking part, which will feature close to 350 bowlers in all. Other participating countries include Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Philippines, Qatar, the US, and the UAE, among others.

    The previous championship was held in Busan, South Korea, where the US clinched the team gold medal and Biboy Rivera of the Philippines clinched the Masters title.