'Goal is to win medal at Asiad'

'Goal is to win medal at Asiad'

Buoyed by the steady rise in the performance of its players, Tenpin Bowling Federation (India) president Karti P Chidambaram said the main goal now is to win an elusive medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

“Since forming the Elite squad in 2009, we’ve been doing really well at the Asian level,” Chidambaram told the media on Tuesday. “In fact, in the just concluded 22nd Asian Tenpin bowling championship in Hong Kong, we finished ninth in Team-of-5 event and eighth among countries who would be participating at the Asian Games.

“Although it may not sound as encouraging as a podium finish, the total pinfalls of 5977 in six games (average 199.23) registered by the bowlers was very good.
“We were just 160 pins short of bronze medal winner UAE. So, our focus now is to win a medal at the Asian Games because that’s the only way we’ll get noticed. We are working hard on achieving that goal.”

Apart from detailing the performance of the Indian team in the last six months, Chidambaram also unveiled a few plans.

The National Championships, where on an experimental basis the team and individual competitions will be held together for the first time, will take place in Bangalore from Dec 10-20 while talks are on with Asian Bowling Federation to stage the inaugural Indian International Open at the same city next march 19-26.