Emirati Shaker Ali reaffirmed his position as the nation's best bowler, beating out a field of compatriots and expats as the Ramadan Bowling Tournament supported by ADNOC drew to a close on 8 June. Making a striking return to the calendar in the Year of Zayed, the tournament featured four weeks of competitive play for bowlers across four divisions.
Ali held firm in the well-contested Open division throughout the duration of the tournament, entering into the semi-final in 5th position but exiting atop the leaderboard. Challenged by Omani Hassan Al Kharousi and young UAE national Khamis Al Shamsi, Ali widened his lead further with 1358 points scored across the last six games to take home the trophy and AED 25,000 in cash. Despite a stronger showing in the finals, Al Shamisi's 1285-point effort could not overcome his semi-final deficit, placing him third below Al Khaousi. Al Shamsi also won second place in the Youth division title days earlier, behind champion Nahyan Al Qubaisi. Uella Marcial of the Philippines was the top female bowler of the tournament.
Mr. Abdalla Al Suwaidi, Chief Executive Officer of ADNOC attended the final ceremony alongside Mr. Anas Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President of ADNOC Drilling, Ahmed Khamis from the UAE Bowling Federation and Abdulrahaman Al Sharifi, the Venue Manager at Khalifa International Bowling Centre.
The Graded division, aimed at amateur bowlers with an average of 185 or below as verified by league play, wrapped up days earlier on 5 June, with Tristan Mananghaya of the Philippines winning the top title, having averaged 202.8 across the final. Emirati Abdulla Al Mulla (197.7 average) and Filipino Louie Sindayen (197.5 average) followed in second and third place, respectively. The higher-than-average scores across the division show that it continues to challenge competitors and rise the standard of bowling within the nation.
The Determination Division, which debuted in 2015, continued to motivate people with special needs to overcome their personal obstacles and allowed them to become further integrated into the community through sport this year. With team and singles divisions on 20 and 21 May, 33 participants joined the category. Abu Dhabi athlete Adnan Saif Al Jabri won the top prize with a score of 813, followed by Ali Al Jaber (804) and Tarek Murad (760), both of Dubai. Dubai's two squads placed atop the team rankings with Dubai A routing the competition with 2601 points, followed distantly by Dubai B (2377) and Al Ain A (2290).