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ABF confirms Jaya Ancol Bowl as sponsor for Indonesia leg

5th October, Jakarta: Asian Bowling Federation, organizer of the ABF Tour 2004 today confirmed the 60-lane Jaya Ancol Bowl as major sponsor of the inaugural ABF Tour - Indonesia. A total of US $25,000 in prize money will be on offer for the first time to winners of the Indonesia leg which is secheduled be held on the 9 - 10 October, 2004 at Jaya Ancol Bowl in Jakarta.

The ABF Tour successfully kicked off its Tour in Malaysia in March, followed with three additional legs in Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore respectively before arriving in Indonesia this weekend. While ABF continuously searches for partners to undertake the offering of attractive prizes to the participants besides just earning ranking points towards the grand finals - Tournament of Champions, Indonesia's top bowling proprietor, Jaya Ancol Bowl took a bold step forward to confirm its sponsorship of the Indonesia leg.

"When the Past President of ABF and the ABF Tour Committee Chairman, Mrs Vivien Fung invited us to host the fifth leg at Jaya Ancol Bowl and the opportunity to also host the Grand Final - Tournament of Champions, we did not realize the that the Tour could reach such popularity over such a short period of time," said Mr. Oky Harwanto Joedo, Organizing Chairman of the 2nd Indonesia International Open.

"To our surprise, the Tour had been watched by over 90 millions viewers worldwide which is a tremendous achievement. It was only appropriate that when the Tour comes to Jakarta, Jaya Ancol Bowl is only too happy to be part of this successful achievement," added Mr. Oky Harwanto Joedo.

"It give us great pleasure to have a partner like Jaya Ancol Bowl, who shares similar visions to make tenpin bowling not only popular in Indonesia but also in the Asian region," remarked Mrs Vivien Fung, Chairman of the ABF Tour Committee and Honorary Life President of ABF.

Daniel Lim
Current ABF Tour ranking leader, Daniel Lim of Malaysia

"I am confident that greater interests in the Tour will be seen when the best of Asian bowlers meet in the Grand Final - Tournament of Champions in January next year at Jaya Ancol Bowl," added the beaming Mrs Fung.

The total prize of US$ 25,000 is being offered to the winners of the Indonesia leg, with the men's champion, taking the top prize of US$ 5,000 while the women champion will win US$ 2,500. Another US$ 75,000 in total prize money will also be on offer in the Tour of Champions where the top prize for the men is US$ 25,000 and the women's top prize is US$ 10,000 making the Tour one of the highest prized tournaments in Asia.

The ABF Tour comprises six Legs and a Grand Final, the Tournament of Champions. Each Leg will be staged over two competition days where the

Irene Benitez
Filipina Irene Benitez leading the women's table with 139.5

top 16 men and 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 four competition days where the top 16 men and 16 women bowlers (based on ABF Tour ranking points), plus two additional wildcard entries from the West Asia region (thus totaling 18 men in the men's division), will qualify to compete over four rounds of competition for the coveted men's and women's ABF Tour Champion titles.

The ABF Tour - Indonesia will be shown on local television stations of the six countries where the tour is being held. It is also broadcast later from parts of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, central Asia, China and Australasia with an estimated audience of around 90 million.

For further information and details please contact ABF Tour Committee Marketing and Event Management Division at Tel: (852) 2810 5191; Fax: (852) 28105192; Mr. Ritchie Lai (Mobile: (852) 93598669; email: or Mr. Kelvin Pong (Mobile: (852) 9100 0958; email: