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Tenpin Bowling as Emerging Popular Sport of PAKISTAN

Tenpin Bowling as
Emerging Popular Sport 

by Romis Ali, Joint Secretary  of Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation & Founder General Secretary of Sindh Tenpin Bowling Association and Author of Concept " Cultural Sports as iCON of Karachi" 


When people talk about sports, it's usually about Cricket, Squash, football or hockey. Tennis is supposedly the world’s game, but tennis is an unpopular sport in the Pakistan. Golf, as a sport, has risen in popularity, but the expense associated with golf makes it a sport mostly played by people with high incomes. A sport, which is popular, but rarely gets talked about, is bowling. Bowling is played all over the world, but it's probably one of the most unappreciated sports in history.   -Romis Ali

Throughout the years, since the introduction of bowling in Pakistan, it has become more and more popular and an exciting indoor sport for dissimilar age of people. It has attracted people from all over the Pakistan gaining its reputation as a sport that is fun played and enjoy. 

Models use the runway for cat walking and balls do too. Bowling balls are tossed energetically to knock down ten bowling pins. This by far has becomes one of the most sought after stress relieving games in the world. Its main objective is to get something really hard and heavy and throw it to knock down all of the pins.

The popularity of this sport can be gauged by the fact that the sport is being played in over 144 countries internationally, which claims that there are about 110 million people who now enjoy bowling. They call bowling centers 'alleys' and there are different sizes of alleys and gimmicks used to lure patrons to play the game. The largest bowling alley in the world contains more than a hundred bowling lanes. The average commercial bowling centers In Pakistan contain only about 8 to 16 lanes. There are already 12 Bowling centers in Pakistan and almost 11,000 bowling centers in the whole world.

Bowling consisted of four parts: the lane, the approach, the pit, and the pin deck. The approach is where players take several strides to get the maximum adrenaline they need to release the ball and knock down the pins. There is a control line (foul line) which marks the place where players must let go of the ball. The player must not cross the line before or after the ball has been thrown.

Bowling history is colorful and full of twists and turns, researchers have discovered that the game is actually the very first sport that was discovered. Back in 5200 B.C. they found primitive balls and pins in Egyptian tombs. They also found Polynesian cultures that practiced the same sport and found lanes about 6 feet long. However, the development of the game, which started in the third century A.D., is credited to the religious leaders of Germany. A kegel - which represents the devil - was used as a pin. It needed to be hit as a sign of purity and freeing from sin and anyone who failed to hit the target was determined to be wicked.

As time evolved, bowling has developed as a sport. The Italians have their own modern version of the sport where the stones used to knock down the "Kegel" were replaced by a true ball. It all started in the thirteenth century and at that time they called the sport "bowls". England and the Netherlands modernized the game in the 1300's and it became known as "ninepins" and was enjoyed by the royalty.

It was during the middle of the 18th century that the game's popularity expanded. The royalties eventually banned the game because it was used for gambling and revolutionaries were using it to gather in the bowling alley to plot their actions.

Tenpin Bowling Sport was introduced in Pakistan during 1980 growth in Tenpin bowling game in Pakistan and first center was established by private sector at Fun Land Karachi that is now obsolete and non-functional. Later, one center was developed in Islamabad at Hotshot F-10 area. The center was with 10 Lanes and BRUNSWICK – USA equipment was installed in it.

The city of lights, Karachi, has the honour to house major number of Bowling Centers /Clubs and gradually the particular sport has grown up and now emerging as popular sport amongst the people of all ages and status. Since the introduction of this particular sport in Pakistan, Karachi has enjoyed the status of major venue as 6 x Bowling Centers, with 64 lanes, more interestingly about 75% of the total numbers of bowling lanes, in Pakistan, are installed in Karachi alone.

Today it is still one of the most popular indoor fun sports in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore & Multan. It is a sport where a person can have fun with his friends and family. Because of the popularity of this game, it is being considered as a standard sport in the upcoming Olympics.

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