The Mediterranean Bowling Championships 2019 have officially opened in Malta.
They are being at the Eden Superbowl in St Julian’s for the third time in 22 years of the international tournament.
A record number of national teams are taking part in this year’s ten-pin bowling event, with Egypt, Kosovo and Portugal competing for the first time.
Other countries bidding to win the title include Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and of course Malta.
The teams were welcomed to Malta by Paul Baldacchino, the president of the Malta Tenpin Bowling Association, as well as Malta’s sports minister Clifton Grima.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport, told 89.7 Bay: ‘I am truly honoured to be able to welcome such an event to our beautiful country.
Clifton Grima, the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport, told 89.7 Bay: ‘I am truly honoured to be able to welcome such an event to our beautiful country.
‘As a country it is important that we continue to attract sports tourism which is essential for Malta’s growth.’
Malta has won its fair share of bronze, silver and gold medals in the past in the championships.
This year’s Maltese team is made up of Sue Abela, Sara Xuereb, Mauro Anastasi and Justin Caruana Scicluna.
Entrance to the tournament is free for anyone who wants to watch.