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Published: Monday December 23, 2013 MYT 8:13:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 23, 2013 MYT 8:15:27 PM

Bowling coach Holloway may retire next year

National bowling coach Holloway Cheah checking Zandra Azeila's equipment at the Asian Bowling Championships in Hong Kong last year. The 71-year-old is contemplating retirement after nearly 30 years of coaching.

National bowling coach Holloway Cheah checking Zandra Azeila's equipment at the Asian Bowling Championships in Hong Kong last year. The 71-year-old is contemplating retirement after nearly 30 years of coaching.

PETALING JAYA: Septuagenarian Holloway Cheah has hinted that he may quit as the chief national bowling coach for Malaysia next year.

The 71-year-old’s biggest assignment next year is the Asian Games in Incheon in September.

“I don’t know if my body can still take it. It’s a tough job that requires time and a lot of energy… I’m thinking about it (retiring),” said Holloway.

In 2009, the former international also talked about retiring after the 2010 Asian Games in Doha. After Malaysian returned home with two golds, he decided to continue to coach the team.

Holloway has been the national coach since early 2001 when American Mike Moore left the squad after just four months in charge.

He took up coaching in 1984 and assisted Canadian Sid Allen, the national coach from 1991-2000.

In his heyday as a bowler, Holloway was in the gold-medal winning team at the Bangkok Asian Games in 1978 with Allan Hooi, J.B Koo, Edward Lim and Datuk Dr P.S. Nathan, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) president.

Holloway is known as a dedicated coach. He is always on the run, especially when his charges are competing.

In the World Championships in Nevada, the United States, in August, Holloway was running around monitoring the 12 national bowlers at the 72-lane Strike Zone Bowling Centre. Malaysia managed to win a bronze in the five-woman team event.

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