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Published: Saturday January 4, 2014 MYT 9:15:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 4, 2014 MYT 9:38:03 PM

Bowler Syafiq wiser after bland 2013

Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malik hopes to make the national squad for the Asian Games in Incheon in September after a less than impressive 2013. - Filepic

Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malik hopes to make the national squad for the Asian Games in Incheon in September after a less than impressive 2013. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: National bowler Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek is hoping to ride out his slump this year.

After winning his only title at the National Championships in April, the 2012 World Cup winner was inconspicuous in the other competitions last season.

“I came into 2013 on a high after becoming the first Malaysian to win the World Cup. I was hoping for the good times to roll.

“But it was a mistake to hope for something like that. It takes continuous effort to maintain your spot at the top. I’ve learnt my lesson and hopefully this year my fortunes will change for the better,” said the 26-year-old.

The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) are now conducting a six-day roll-off at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid to select bowlers for their youth, back-up and elite squads.

The roll-off started on Thursday and so far, Syafiq is pleased with his performance.

“This year is a critical season for us. The Asian Games in Incheon (in South Korea in September) is a major objective for the year.

“At the last Asiad in Guangzhou in 2010, the men’s squad won two golds from the doubles (Adrian Ang and Alex Liew) and the All-Events (Alex). The men’s team managed to win the silver behind South Korea.

“I really hope we can do better this time. Beating South Korea in their own backyard is not easy but anything is possible,” said Syafiq.

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