ISLAMABAD - Rozina Ali crowned the Azadi Cup Tenpin Bowling Championship 2018 champion after outclassing her opponents in the ladies singles category here at the Leisure City Bowling Club on late Saturday night.

The event was organised by the Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation’s (PTBF) in collaboration with Bin Alam City. The deaf and women events were played on the second night, in which around 100 ladies and 30 deaf players took part while the main attraction of the event was participation of female players form Peshawar and Karachi, but unfortunately, they fail to take centre stage and bowed out at first hurdle.

In women event, it was around 100 ladies from across the country, who showcased their skills during the event. After first two rounds, 16 ladies were left to fight it out. Rozina Ali, Amina, Shazia, Ambreen, Shaabena, Saab Saleem and Noor qualified for last 8. Rozina, Amina, Shaabina and Noor were giving their best and were not ready to go out without a fight. The lady luck favoured Rozina Ali in the end, who managed to grab the title by scoring total 231 pins in two games. Amina finished second with 230 pins while Noor bagged third with 221 pins.

Shaabina was just one point behind and finished fourth with 220 pins. PTBF secretary Ijaz Ur Rehman announced a special award of Rs 5000 and a trophy for Shaabina, who came from Rahim Yar Khan to participate in the championship.

In the deaf event, Qasim Asad won the title by scoring 283 pins in two games. Naseeb Ali secured second place with 259 pins and Shehzad Afridi captured third with 239 pins.

Talking to The Nation, Ijaz said: “I am really glad to see the huge participation of youth and especially of women from across the country. When I introduced bowling in Pakistan, I had just 3 to 4 players available, but now more than 4000 male and female bowlers are playing and learning this art and in near future, I am going to hold an international event in Pakistan to show the world that this country is completely safe for all kinds of sporting events.”