Sarawak Hornbill Invitational Challenge 2022 expects to attract world-class competitors

Rentap (third left) poses for a photo with others during the press conference yesterday (June 8, 2022). Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, June 9: Sarawak will be the focus of world-class ten-pin bowling players once again when it hosts the Sarawak Hornbill Invitational Challenge 2022 on June 24 to 26 at Megalanes Sarawak Batu Kawa in Kuching.

According to a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) report, 210 players from ten countries are expected to compete in the tournament, which is organised by the Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas) in collaboration with the Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC).

Deputy Minister for Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development (Youth and Sports Development) Dato Gerald Rentap Jabu revealed that competitors from Singapore, Australia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Ireland, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong have confirmed their participation in the three-day tournament.

“This time the competition will also be joined by players from several states such as Penang, Sabah, Selangor, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, and Sarawak including players from the Sukma 2022 squad and players from the development programme,” he said at a press conference at the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre Meeting Room at Petra Jaya here yesterday.

Rentap also revealed the tournament will be divided into four different age groups in both open and youth categories.

The category for teenagers is divided into those under 12 years of age, under 15 years of age, under 18 years of age, and under 21 years of age.

Meanwhile, he noted that winners stand to receive a total of RM36,200 in prizes, with the winner of the open category receiving RM10,000 as well as a medal.

Furthermore, the winners of the boys and girls’ youth categories will each receive RM1,000 as well as a medal.

Also present were Abas deputy president Shaifulbahri Shukri, Abas vice president Robert Lu Nam Min, and Sarawak Sukma 2022 ten-pin bowling head coach Jackson Ting Nik Soon. — DayakDaily