Strike for Fung as bowling joins elite
Tenpin bowling officials were jubilant last night after the Sports Development Board announced that their sport will be included in the Focus Sports programme, bringing the number of codes in the scheme for the next two years to 13.
Despite Sunny Hui Cheung-kwok's gold-winning efforts at December's Asian Games, tenpin bowling had taken a back seat in the SDB's original decision but the successful appeal earned them the elite status for the first time.
Gymnastics, however, failed to regain its elite status.
The SDB made the decision after the board listened to the recommendations of its review panel.
The panel comprised board chairman John Hung, members Billy Kong, David Yau and two top officials from the Home Affairs Bureau.
Being a Focus Sport means gaining more funding and support for coaching as well as technical support.
Hung said the crucial factor in favour of tenpin bowling was that the sport will have dedicated training facilities (in Tsuen Wan) for the national squad.
Vivien Fung Lau Cheung-chu, the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress chairman, said it was a fine reward for years of hard work.
'Besides retaining our national coach Purvis Granger, we could also recruit one or two staff to work out our elementary programme, which will develop into a feeder system.
'We are now able to strengthen our elite squad by competing in more overseas competitions including this year's FIQ World Championships in the United Arab Emirates.' Focus Sports For the next two years, effective from April 1: Athletics, badminton, cycling, fencing, rowing, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, tenpin bowling, triathlon, wushu and windsurfing.