KUWAIT CITY, Oct 19: The opening of the 25th Asian Bowling Championship will be held for the first time in Kuwait at Crowne Plaze Hotel in Farwaniya on Oct 20.
The championship, which will be held under the patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, will witness the participation of 28 countries, and will come to an end on Oct 30.
Minister of Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri will attend the opening ceremony on behalf of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak.
A number of Kuwaiti and international sports figures including President of World Bowling Federation and Asian Bowling Federation Sheikh Talal Al-Mohammad and heads of bowling federations of the participating countries will be present at the opening ceremony.
The ceremony, which will last for one hour, will begin with recitation of verses from the Quran followed by a brief description of the life of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Then the march of the participating teams will begin. Sheikh Talal Al-Mohammad is expected to deliver a speech as the head of the organizing committee, which will be followed by the oath-taking ceremony of the referees and players.
A total of 27 countries have confirmed their participation in the event including Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Macaw, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.
It is worth mentioning that Egypt is considered as a member of the Asian Bowling Federation as there is no African bowling federation.
The championship will witness the participation of 154 men players and 74 women players. All participating countries have men players in the teams but only 16 countries have women players.