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The ABF Tour 2017, to be staged throughout 2017 in five of East Asia's most spectacular cities, has been confirmed by Asian Bowling Federation Hon. Life President and ABF Tour Chairman, Ms Vivien Lau, BBS, JP. There will also be three ABF Tour Ranking based on the Top 16 Asian men finishers in the preceding Open tournament.

As the internationally recognised governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling in the Asia Pacific region, the Asian Bowling Federation will kick off the ABF TOUR 2017 in April, with the first Leg scheduled to follow the 43rd MWA-SINGHA Thailand International Open from April 5 to 15, 2017.

"Since its inception 28 years ago, ABF has been at the leading edge of marketing initiatives and promotion of our sport." said Ms Lau. "We've had


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a very successful association with the Asian Bowling Tour for the past 13 years and will now continue our own tour - we're confident that this exciting development will lift the sport to even greater heights," she continued.

"The ABF has appointed international sports marketing agency Wharf House, under which Wharf House has been appointed to exclusively market the worldwide marketing and media rights for the ABF Tour, including the ABF Tour's flagship event, the Tournament of Champions," she added.

The ABF Tour will comprise three ranking tournaments and five legs in 2017 and a Grand Final, the Tournament of Champions. Each Leg will be staged over one day. The top 16 men and top 16 women bowlers from the preceding International Open Masters Event (Open Grade) will compete in a one-game match play knock-out competition for the individual men's and women's titles.

The Tournament of Champions will be staged over two competition days and will feature prize money totalling US$75,000. The top 16 men and 16 women bowlers (based on ABF Tour ranking points), will qualify to compete over two rounds of competition for the coveted men's and women's ABF Tour Champion titles.

"As the only tenpin bowling tour in Asia to confer Asian ranking points, the ABF Tour will attract the very best bowlers throughout the East Asian region arousing interest and enthusiasm from participants and spectators alike," said Ms Lau.

Legs  Dates  Country  City
Leg 1  March 5  ABF Tour Ranking Tournament  Doha, Qatar
Leg 2  April 16  ABF Tour - Thailand  Bangkok, Thailand
Leg 3  June 25  ABF Tour - Macau  Macau, China
Leg 4  July 9  ABF Tour - Chinese Taipei  Kaohsiung
Leg 5  July 16  ABF Tour - Hong Kong  Hong Kong, China
Leg 6  October 15  ABF Tour - Indonesia  Jakarta, Indonesia
Leg 7  November 22  ABF Tour Ranking Tournament  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Leg 8  December 3  ABF Tour Ranking Tournament  Kuwait
Final  March TBC, 2018  Tournament of Champions  TBC

The ABF Tour is organised by Asian Bowling Federation in association with Qatar Bowling Federation, Bahrain Bowling Association, Thai Tenpin Bowling Association, Egypt Bowling Federation, Macau-China Bowling Association, Chinese Taipei Bowling Association, Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, China Bowling Association, Persatuan Boling Indonesia and Saudi Bowling Federation.

For further information and details, please contact ABF Tour Committee at Tel: +852 2893 6039, Fax: +852 2893 6290; Email: hktbc@netvigator.com.


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