Participants from 16 countries have flown over to Malta to take part in the 22nd edition of the Mediterranean Bowling Championships which are happening in Malta for the 3rd time.
This edition of the Championships has attracted a record number of participants, with 16 countries taking part, the biggest number in the competition so far.
The Mediterranean Bowling Championship games of 2019 have officially opened today with participants from Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and Malta. For Portugal, Kosovo and Egypt it is the first time taking part.
With a heart-warming welcome, and participants flying their flag the games were officially kicked off by Paul Baldacchino, the President of the Malta Tenpin Bowling Association, Dr Clifton Grima and the President of the World Tenpin Bowling Association Sheik Telal.
Dr Clifton Grima shared that he is “truly honoured to be able to welcome such an event to our beautiful country”, and that “as a country we can attract sports tourism which is essential for our growth.”
Sheik Telal shared that “Malta is the birthplace of the Game of Thrones. I sincerely hope that Malta will be the birthplace of our bowling sport to be in the Mediterranean games.”
This year's team is made up of: Sue Abela, Sara Xuereb, Mauro Anastasi and Justin Caruana Scicluna.
A big good luck to all the participants, especially Malta. We're all behind you, and keep making us proud.
Entrance is free for anyone who wants to watch and support local talent.