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Sheikh Talal re-elected as Asian Bowling Federation President


Sheikh Talal Mohammad Al-Sabah, President of the Kuwait Bowling Federation, was re-elected as President of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) at the 24th ABF General Assembly Sunday at the Olympic House in Hong Kong, China.

The assembly was held in conjunction with the Target 24th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, which will kick off Monday, Sept. 19, at the SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China.

Pictured above is the new ABF Executive Committee with Sheikh Talal ín the middle (front row).

It will be the fourth four-year term for Sheikh Talal, who is also the President of World Bowling, tenpin bowling’s world governing body.

The third general assembly held under the leadership of Sheikh Talal went smoothly without any major issues raised.

Only one nomination was received for the position of Vice President for the ABF Western Region, His Excellency, Prince Abdul Hakim Al-Saud, President of Saudi Bowling Federation, who was elected to replace Layth Thomas of the Iraqi Bowling Federation.

There were no other nominations received for the other three Vice Presidents positions than of the incumbents, Choi Jang-Kyu (Vice President of Far East Region), Suwalai Satrulee (Vice President of South East Region) and Michael Seymour (Vice President Oceania Region), who all retained their positions.

Four nominations were received from the ABF member federations for positions in the ABF Executive Committee.

The Qatar Bowling Federation nominated its secretary general, Bandar Al Shafi, the Japan Bowling Congress nominated its president, Kaoru Kitagawa, the Philippines Bowling Federation nominated its secretary general, Alexander Lim and the Macau, China Bowling Association nominated its President, Ma Chi Seng.

All four were duly elected into the Executive Committee while Farouk Haridi of the Egypt Bowling Federation retained his position on the board. The elected members will serve the board for a four-year term.

Amber Leung was re-appointed secretary general of the Asian Bowling Federation by Sheikh Talal and Winston Chan was also re-appointed as Honorary Auditor for another four-year term.

Before the elections took place, the delegates went through the minutes of the last general assembly which were duly accepted and approved. The assembly also approved the financial reports presented. Members were pleased to note that there will be no increase in the membership fees. The committee also announced that there was no new applications received for membership.

Alexander Lim presented a report as the host of the 19th Asian Youth Championships 2017 which will be held from October 21-28 in Manila while Sheikh Talal informed about the 25th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships 2018 to be held in Kuwait.

The assembly was also informed that Tenpin Bowling Australia has expressed interest in hosting the 17th Asian School Championships 2016 (dates tbc).

The next general assembly (non-election year) will be held in Kuwait during the 25th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships 2018.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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