For the 7th year in a row, Afghan Sports Federation successfully held a winter bowling tournament on Sunday, February, 2010 in Annandale, Virginia. The tournament had one of its best turnouts to date with a total of 19 teams participating. Each team was required to have a minimum of 5 players with at least 2 women players per team.
In addition, a large amount of family members and friends came to show
support and be part of this popular community and sports event.
In order to make the tournament enjoyable to all bowlers with different skill levels, this year ASF decided to break the tournament into two divisions. After the first 3 games, the top eight teams with the highest total scores, moved to Division “A”, to play for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and then the final championship game. The bottom eight teams moved to Division “B” to play for their own trophy.
The 1st Place Champions of the 2010 Bowling Tournament was the team called “Champs in Name” whose total average score throughout the tournament was around 840. Tora Bora who had won 6 bowling championships in the past, won the 2nd Place trophy. In Division “B”, team “Quick Release” won the 1st place trophy.
"ASF’s bowling tournaments have always been popular and I am glad to see such a great turnout again this year. In the future, we’re also trying to put together a league where we can bowl once a week throughout the year," said ASF Bowling Coordinator, Wyce Babur.
The bowling tournament gained so much popularity this year that TV stations like Voice of America came to cover the event. In addition, for the first time ever, ASF introduced a raffle drawing to make the event more fun and rewarding. Prizes included a 27” Samsung Flat Screen HD TV, an Apple iPod, and a Nikon digital camera. Each bowler was automatically entered in the raffle drawing at the time of the registration.
"Bowling is a fun sport and it’s a great way to bring together the Afghan community in a friendly and family-oriented environment," said Tabasum Lutfi, ASF Assistant Bowling Coordinator.