PH bowling 'godfather' Alex Lim dies from COVID-19

PH bowling 'godfather' Alex Lim dies from COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines — Bowling godfather Alexander Lim became the first casualty from Philippine sports in the country’s battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Philippine Bowling Federation treasurer and trustee passed away on Wednesday morning 16 days after contracting the virus. He was 62.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our brother, Alex, early Wednesday morning. He fought a strong fight, having been in the hospital for 16 days. He is resting now with the Lord, our God,” said Wolo Lim.

“The outpouring of love and prayers for Alex these past two weeks have been overwhelming. It is very clear that Alex was loved by many,” he added.

Lim was confined at St. Lukes Global City, just a few blocks from Fort Legend Tower in BGC, Taguig City where Lim held office at the 29th floor.

With no travel history the previous weeks, PBF president Steve Robles suspects that Lim got the virus from the elevator going to his office where hundreds of employees from different companies in the building used it everyday.

“It is with extreme sadness that Philippine bowling’s benefactor extraordinaire joined our Creator,” said Robles. “He is everybody’s friend, big brother, manong and Tito A.”

Lim is the chairman of the PBF youth committee, whose objective is to scout and find talents and develop them into world-class bowlers.

“Alex is a big loss to the bowling community. He truly is bowling’s benefactor and godfather,” said Bong Coo, the most decorated Filipino athlete and current PBF secretary general.

Besides spearheading the association’s grassroots program, Lim is a member of the powerful Asian Bowling Federation Executive Committee. He also functioned as PBF secgen before Coo took over.

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