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Sunday,23 September, 2018
Issue 1233, (12 - 18 February 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Truly Asia

Although it was held in Hurghada, Egypt, the second Open International Friendship Bowling Tournament was tacked on to the calendar of the Asian Federation, reports Ghada Abdel-Kader

Al-Ahram Weekly

Belarusian Sobolev Pavel captured the men’s title and Russian Maria Bulanova snatched the women’s title at the second edition of the Open International Friendship Bowling Tournament held from 31 January to 5 February at Ebb and Tide Bowling Center in Hurghada, Egypt. Total prize money was worth $20,000.

A total of 68 players -- 57 men and 11 women -- from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Qatar, Russia, Poland and Belarus participated in the tournament. Men and women bowled in a separate division. After 12 games of qualifying the top 12 men and top six women advanced to round robin match play. After the match play round, the top four men and the top four women advanced to the stepladder finals.

Vice-President of the Egyptian Bowling Federation (EBF) Ahmed Afifi said the championship had been for the past 15 years a local event. “The EBF succeeded in adding it to the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) calendar as an international championship. The move was endorsed as a WBTA and ABF tournament.

“This year, we had more participant countries than last year. Last year, we had only five.

“The tournament will be held every year at the same time,” Afifi said.

“The aim of hosting the championship was first to contribute in celebrating the national day of the Red Sea governorate. Second, we are sending a message to the whole world that Egypt is safe. Third, we are encouraging tourism in Egypt. Lastly, the EBF is preparing the Egyptian team for the Arab Bowling Championship in Qatar from 10-17 February and the Sinai International Open Bowling Championship in Egypt from 24-30 April,” added Afifi.

In the men’s event, Belarusian Sobolev Pavel claimed the title with a top prize of $4,000. Egypt’s bowler Hossam Sobhi came second and pocketed $2,500 and Islam Eid took third and $1,500.

In the women’s event, Russian Maria Bulanova took the title and $2,000, while compantriot Maria Cochel finished in second with $1,000. Egyptian bowler Aliaa Ismail captured third place and $500.

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