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China To Expand PBA “Pioneers League” Program

Issuing time:2014-03-14 21:00


by Bill Vint of PBA   March 13, 2014, 13:55

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Shortly after 13 Chinese bowlers “graduated” from a unique PBA Pioneers League to become the first bowlers from their country to join the PBA, interest in the program has grown to the point that Frank Ningbo Zhao, president of Longmarch Bowling Products, is launching two additional “Pioneers Leagues” to qualify Chinese bowlers for PBA membership. And more such leagues are on the drawing board.

Zhao, who created the first Pioneers League in China after meeting with PBA Commissioner Tom Clark and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., said he is organizing a new Pioneers League at his 24-lane center in Shanghai followed by a third league in a recently built 26-lane center in Shenyang in northeast China. Both will start in late March. Zhao said he hopes China will soon have at least 30 players who meet PBA membership criteria, and then he’s hoping to bring some of those players to the United States to experience PBA competition first-hand.