PETALING JAYA: The new-look national elite bowling squad will take part in their first competition of the year at the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich from March 15-23.
And the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) are considering taking all 16 bowlers from the men’s and women’s squad to Munich.
“They have been training since Monday ... after the selection process ended last week,” said MTBC secretary-general Cheah Ban Cheng.
“Only a few bowlers had to sit out of training because of minor injuries ... but it’s nothing serious.”
It’s not surprising to see some of them picking up injuries so early in the year as the keglers had to play 72 games over six days during the selection process for the national elite squad, which ended on Jan 7.
The eight who made the cut for the men’s team are Alex Liew, Adrian Ang, Mohd Rafiq Ismail, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Timmy Tan, Syimir Abdul Razak and Jonathan Ding Sagan.
The women are Shalin Zulkifli, Sin Li Jane, Esther Cheah, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi, Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfakar, Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, Natasha Roslan and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman.
Among those still nursing injuries are Zulmazran, Rafiq and Jacqueline. However, Ban Cheng is confident they will be back in action by next week.
The major assignment for the bowlers this year is the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in September.