Saudi bowlers to make World Women Championship debut

Saudis Mashael Al-Abdulwahid (L) and Ghada Nimir (R) are two of the six qualifiers to participate in the sixth World Bowling Women's Championships, to be held in Las Vegas on Aug. 22-30. (Supplied)
Updated 11 July 2019

Saudi bowlers to make World Women Championship debut

  • The two have joined a training camp in Riyadh in preparation for the championship
  • The Saudi women’s bowling team participated in three local tournaments in 2018

JEDDAH: For the first time, the Saudi Bowling Federation is preparing to participate in the sixth World Bowling Women’s Championships, to be held in Las Vegas on Aug. 22-30. 

After four days of tournaments in the main cities where the Saudi women’s teams are based — Riyadh, Alkhobar and Jeddah — six players have qualified to participate: Amani Al-Ghamdi, Nahla Adas, Mariam Al-Dosari, Ghada Nimir, Mashael Al-Abdulwahid and Hadeel Termein.

They have joined a training camp in Riyadh in preparation for the championship.

This move is part of efforts by the federation, under Chairman Badr bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh, to support women in bowling. 

The Saudi women’s bowling team participated in three local tournaments in 2018, four open tournaments in the Kingdom in 2019, and the Arab Bowling Championship in Egypt in February this year.

“We are happy to empower women in sports and create opportunities for Saudi women to represent the Kingdom in international events,” said Al-Asheikh. 

“This positively reflects on the development of women’s sports in the country, and helps it reach the largest segment of society.” 

He thanked the chairman of the General Sports Authority, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, for his keenness and support for Saudi bowling. 

“The Saudi Bowling Federation seeks to continuously develop women’s bowling, whether through participating in championships or improving players’ technical skills,” said Al-Asheikh.

He hailed the federation’s achievements and bowlers’ efforts, saying their participation in the world championship marks a milestone in the history of Saudi bowling.

This participation will allow Saudi women bowlers to play with other champions from Malaysia, Korea, Sweden and Japan, he added.
The president of World Bowling, Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah, praised this participation. 

Razan Baker, a board member of the Saudi Bowling Federation, said: “These international championships always bring together elite athletes and have a great psychological impact on the athletes. Therefore, we are happy to participate and we look forward to a
positive presence that will benefit the bowlers as well as bowling fans in Saudi Arabia.” 

She added: “We hope this participation motivates other women bowlers in Arab countries to participate in the most important event for women bowlers and help develop the game locally and across the Arab world.” 


Saudi bowlers off to QubicaAMF World Cup

Updated 18 November 2019

Saudi bowlers off to QubicaAMF World Cup

  • First woman from the Kingdom to compete in the championship in Indonesia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is sending its first woman to compete in the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup that begins in Indonesia.

Mashael Alabdulwahid will join her male teammate Abdulrahman Al-Khilaiwi, under the supervision of coach, Mario Joseph, to take part in the contest in Palembang.

Both players underwent training at a camp in Riyadh to prepare for the event. The training program included participating in the Asian Championship in Kuwait for Abdulrahman, and participating in the GCC 6th women’s bowling tournament for Mashael.

The men’s competition started Sunday at 9 p.m.

The women’s competition will begin at 3 p.m. today, where Mashael will take part in six rounds. The competition will run until Nov. 24.

HIGHLIGHT

  • Mashael Alabdulwahid will join her male teammate Abdulrahman Al-Khilaiwi, under the supervision of coach, Mario Joseph, to take part in the contest in Palembang.
  • Both players underwent training at a camp in Riyadh to prepare for the event. The training program included participating at the Asian Championship in Kuwait for Abdulrahman, and participating at the GCC 6th women’s bowling tournament for Mashael.

The competition continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and after completing 24 rounds, the top 24 players will be selected to compete for the top eight positions by playing eight runs on Friday. On Saturday, the best four female players and four male players will be chosen to compete in the finals.

Abdulrahman said that he is looking forward to the world cup. “This year there is a new advantage and that is having teammate Mashael joining me for the first time. I’m proud of her! It’s a big thing for Saudi women and for us in the team because this world exposure will help them to learn and give them an incentive to develop their skills,” he said.

The 20-year-old player has been bowling for the past 10 years. Despite his young age, thanks to his perseverance and sense of discipline he managed to win many victories, but the most distinguished were those in 2018. He delivered the bronze medal at the World Cup in Detroit, and two bronzes at the Asian Bowling Championship in the Philippines in the same year, and a gold medal for the trio event at the Arab Bowling Championship in Oman.

Mashael, 32, was only able to play officially last year in February 2018 when the Saudi Bowling Federation (SBF) received the decree to allow women to play in sports. However, she has been playing for fun since early childhood when she used to travel to Egypt with her family and where she managed to learn from the professionals and get hooked on the game. Mashael was chosen to take part in the Egypt Arab Championship and World Bowling Women’s Championship in Las Vegas in August 2018.

Mashael said: “Playing for fun is definitely enjoyable but when you wear your country’s flag that’s a huge responsibility put on your shoulder. You become an ambassador and a role model and when I’m put in that situation, I definitely want to give my all to be fit for that honor, and give the best image worthy of our beloved country.”

The bowlers expressed their gratitude to the Saudi Bowling Federation and its president Bader bin Abdullah Al-Alsheikh for his support and for creating opportunities for them so that they can progress, enrich their experiences and win awards and achievements.