The Royal Rodale opened its bowling alley to the public for the three-day annual Summer Bowling Tournament on Thursday.
“We pride ourselves as pioneers and promoters of bowling in Pakistan,” said the club’s managing director and owner, Asghar Rangoonwala. “Even though we are a members-only club, when it’s time for the tournament, we’re open to everyone.”
The 12-lane bowling alley, Alley’s Blue, has organised and hosted this event for the past eight years. It offers amateurs from Karachi the chance to display their bowling skills.
Rangoonwala, himself an avid bowler, sees this tournament as a way to help the sport grow. Hence, the tournament, which follows international bowling regulations. It is open to all bowling enthusiasts, whether they are professionals or amateurs.
An organiser of the event, Muhammad Haroon, stated that over 60 participants are competing in this year’s tournament which is divided into three categories - open masters, youth and beginners. The beginners and youth competitors kick-started the event and they were followed by the open masters. The tournament’s winners will receive cash prizes, gift packs and a dinner event in their honour.
Farhan Riaz, an amateur bowler, didn’t make it past the selection. However he was happy to take part. “I am grateful to have a venue that allows me and others like me to compete annually,” said Riaz.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2011.
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