Pakistan to participate in Youth Bowling Championship for the first time

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan will participate in the 13th World Youth Bowling Championship 2014 scheduled to be held on August 6 to 16 at South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre, Hong Kong.

The 10-day event will witness competitions of Boys Singles, Doubles events and Team events. The semi-finals and finals will be played on August 15. A total of 168 boys from 45 countries including Pakistan Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, United States, and Venezuela will be parting in the event. The national three-member team will leave for Hong Kong on August 5. The team includes Ahmer Abbas Saldera, Faizan Tariq and Ali Suria.

Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation (PTBF), Secretary Ijaz Ur Rehman said the players are highly motivated and will finish among the top contenders in the even this year."We desperately need a Certified International Coach," he said. Pakistan will be participating in 13th World Youth Championship for the first time in the history. The tour is being financed and supported by PTBF and by local sponsor Khawaja, CEO of Virtual Axis Pvt Ltd.

Ijaz said we have very talented people in Pakistan, we just need to train and unleash them and we do have the capacity to compete internationally. "All efforts are being made to promote the game in the country," he said. He appealed the government to support the game of bowling as it is the most trending game of future. "PTBF has represented Pakistan in 120 countries around the world and government should support us in order to facilitate the young enthusiastic bowlers to earn fame and respect for the country," he said.

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