ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation (PTBF) is holding the second National Ranking Tenpin Bowling Championship in collaboration with Virtual Axis Entertainment at the Arena Bowling Club Karachi from October 22.

Talking to The Nation on Wednesday, PTBF secretary Ijazur Rehman said: “The federation is providing a chance to all the registered players to display their skills in this seven-day mega event in which more than 300 players from across the country will take part. The event includes singles, doubles, amateur and team events while masters event will also be included. The winner of the event will earn Rs one million along with other prizes.”

The secretary announced that the players who topped the three in Pakistan Masters Ranking Tournament would be sponsored by the PTBF to participate in the international tournaments. “It is quite unfortunate that the PTBF doesn't have its own bowling facility due to which the players are in trouble. But it is a matter of great relief that despite all the odds, the PTBF is keeping the green flag high across the globe through exceptional performances.”

Ijaz said Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), which claimed to be the champion of providing facilities to the federations, had practically done nothing for the establishment of a bowling facility in Pakistan. “All the requests of the federation for establishing a bowling alley have so far fallen on the deaf ears of PSB Director General Amir Hamza Gilani. DG Technical and Training Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera and IPC ministry are also responsible for keeping a silence on our requests.”

But on the other hand, the PSB and the IPC accepted the request of constructing a world class bowling alley inside Pakistan Sports Complex. “The establishment of world class bowling alley in Pakistan will help generate huge funds for the PTBF as well as the PSB which can be utilised on the welfare of the players and board staffers. But the PSB is not bothered to listen to our master plan,” he asserted.

“We are still willing to construct a world class bowling alley as we have already started working on international standard bowling alley at Islamabad and the work on that mega project is near completion,” he added.

Ijaz said that if government took interest in provision of facilities to promote this indoor game, it was his promise that he could gather around 40 to 50 countries of the world in Pakistan for international bowling championship and could become a pioneer to revive international sports in the country.

PTBF president Nadeem Ahmed and secretary Ijazur Rehman appealed to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and IPC Minister Syed Riaz Hussian Pirzada to play their due role for the revival of sports in Pakistan and take concrete measures for establishing a national bowling facility in Pakistan. He also appealed to the prime minister to direct the PSB high ups to work for the betterment of sports and stop playing dirty tactics with federations.