Eight Filipino junior bowlers will participate in the 14th World Youth Tenpin Bowling Championship slated on July 22 to August 3 at the Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
Coach Biboy Rivera, 42, a 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist, said that the Philippine Bowling Federation (PBF) contingent will be composed of Ivan Dominic Malig, Gospel Gahol, GJ Buyco, Louis Cantorna, RJoy Daval Santos, Rical Macatula and Xyrra Cabusas.
“We are tagged as one of the underdogs in the tournament but I’m confident our players will do their best. We will be competing in a strong field of international bowlers. Our modest goal is to win a medal,” Rivera told The Manila Times.
The Philippines will be competing against Korea, Japan, Sweden, Malaysia, Australia and host USA.
“This tournament will serve as a good experience for our young players since most of them are students. The players are all excited and ready,” added Rivera. “We’re hoping and praying that we’re going to achieve something in this tournament.”
The Philippine delegation headed by PBF secretary-general and team manager Alex Lim will leave the country for the US on Friday.
RJ Bautista won a bronze medal in the 1998 edition of the meet in Incheon, Korea while Angelo Constantino won a gold medal in the 1992 edition in Caracas, Venezuela.
The first edition of the World Youth Championship was held in 1990 in Manila organized by then Philippine Bowling Congress president Jose Cojuangco Jr., the current Philippine Olympic Committee president. Paulo Valdez won a silver medal in the all-event class of that tournament.