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Travel caution affects bowlers

Written By : MOIZ MUNIF. Overseas bowlers say they have been advised that Suva is not a safe place to come and participate. Suva Bowling Club trustee Pramesh Sharma made
06 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : MOIZ MUNIF. Overseas bowlers say they have been advised that Suva is not a safe place to come and participate.
Suva Bowling Club trustee Pramesh Sharma made the comment yesterday during the Vodafone South Pacific Bowling Carnival in Suva.
Sharma was disappointed after only 40 overseas bowlers made the trip compared to 80 that turned up last year.
“Unfortunately we have a lot of bowlers from Australia and New Zealand didn’t come because of the advice from the travel advisories,” Sharma said. “Any event in the country that has a negative implication towards tourism, the travel advisory goes to various ministries therefore it is negative in terms of tourism numbers coming into Fiji. A lot of bowlers came and told us this. “A group of 20 bowlers cancelled on the eve sighting that they have been advised that it is not safe to come to Suva.”
“We are disappointed with this but at the same time appreciate the numbers that we have. The weather has encouraged more fellowship amongst bowlers. They have been more inside rather then on the greens,” he said.
Meanwhile, three rounds of the Fours competition were completed yesterday.
After losing in the semifinal of the pairs’ event Ratish Lal has promised to break all boundaries. His team compromising of World Bowls silver medalist’s Samuela Tui, Curtis Mar and Abdul Kalim made it three wins out of three.
Pairs’ winner Steve O’Regan joined forces with Peter Thaggard, Lema Matailevu and Caucau Turagabeci who also claimed three wins. “In bowls anything can happen and the fours, the top guns are making their mark. Ratish’s, Babu’s and Peter’s team look to be on track,” Sharma said.
Five rounds will be played today at the Suva Bowling Club with the final scheduled for tomorrow.



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