20th October, Petaling Jaya: A total of 56 men and 41 women from 16 countries are ready for the 24th Deaflympics Bowling Competition 2021 scheduled to be held at Sunway Megalanes from October 20 to 30, 2022.
Officials and coaches attended the technical meeting chaired by International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) appointed tournament director, Mr Rainer Kuehn from Germany and assisted by Mr Maradona Chok, tournament official and secretary general of Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC).
En. Ong Shin Ruenn, President of Malaysian Deaf Sports Association (MSDeaf) kicked off the meeting by delivering his welcome speech using sign language for the deaf. He informed all present that Malaysia was approved as host for this bowling competition as a result of Brazil pulling out.
He thanked all present for their kind support in taking part in this prestigious championship and that if there was any short comings, he extended his sincere apologies in advance.
He also hoped that all players and officials will find time to enjoy the Malaysian hospitality and take time off to savour the many amazing tourists attractions and the wonderful Malaysian cuisine. Dr Adam Kosa from Hungary, President of ICSD also delivered his speech at the meeting and wished all players and officials the best of luck in the competition.
Mr Kuehn then made a roll-call of all the participating countries. The tournament director went through most of the technical matters pertaining to the week-long competition including playing rules, ball registration and particularly each event to be contested. Ms Michelle Wong, assistant general manager of Sunway Megalanes was invited to draw one of the three proposed oiling patterns. Ms Wong drew the Kegel 45 Challenge Series-Route 66 pattern.
Players will bowl six games each in the Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team of 5. The lane draw for every event have been done prior to the meeting and sent out much earlier by the tournament director. The draws are also included in the technical handbook distributed.
The top four men and top four women in the Singles at the end of the six games will make the cut for the Semi-finals and Final shooutout over one game. Likewise the top men four Doubles pairs and top four women Doubles pairs will also make the cut for the Semi-finals and Final shootout over one game.
The top four men trios and top four women trios at the end of their six games over two blocks of three games each will also make the cut for the Semi-finals and Final shootout over one game Bakers format. The team of five Semi-finals and Final will also be one game Bakers format.
Four medals will be awarded for each event - Gold, Silver and two Bronze medals for joint third. The top 24 men and top 24 women based on the All-Events standings after 24 games bowled will qualify for the Masters Elimination Finals.
Players ranked 9 to 24 will contest Round 1 finals over best-of-3. Winners of each of the matches will advance to Round 2 meeting the top 8 ranked in the All-Events standings. Winners of Round 2 will be matched up according to a pre-drawn schedule in the Quarter-finals.
Thereafter, winners of the Quarter-finals will advance to the Semi-finals and eventually the Final. The proposal to make the Masters Elimination Finals from one game to best-of-3 was unanimously agreed upon and decided during the meeting.
Mr Chan Kok Sheng, head of the organizing committee highlighted several important matters pertaining to lunch being provided at the venue during the competition. Other matters include national anthem and flags to be used during the medal ceremonies. There will be an opening ceremony scheduled to be held on Cotober 21 at 10.00am when participating countries will marchpast in front of distinguished guests, officials and supporting spectators.
Earlier in the day, the first official practice were held, divided into two groups - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There will be second day of official practice to be held after the official opening ceremony.
The competition will kick off with the Singles for the men on October 22 followed by the women on October 23. The Doubles, Trios and Team of 5 over the next four days with a "Free Day" on October 28 in between. Competition will end with the Masters Elimination Finals on October 30.
Organizing committee and coordination team meeting
Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya for MSDeaf.