Mohd Rafiq Ismail suffered a stress fracture injury in his bid to qualify for the national elite squad last month and had to be rested at least until April to recover. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Bowler Mohd Rafiq Ismail suffered a stress fracture injury in his bid to qualify for the national elite squad last month and had to be rested at least until April to recover.
After 72 games in the roll-off in January and getting inside the cut for the eight-bowler men’s team, 17-year-old Rafiq noticed something was not right with his left arm.
He got it checked at the National Sports Institute (NSI) and the doctor diagnosed him with a stress fracture.
“It is quite a bummer as I worked hard to get into the squad and now I’m down injured. Looks like I’m going to miss the first tournament for the elite squad this year in Germany,” said Rafiq.
The elite squad are set to play in the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich from March 15-23. Then they will participate in the Malaysian National Championships from April 5-12 at Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid.
“The doctor said I could be back on the lanes in April, but it would be quite risky. If there’s a risk, then I better wait a little further until I’m properly healed,” said Rafiq.
As disappointing as it may seem, Rafiq, who had a mercurial rise to the top last year after winning the Philippines Open and the Penang Pesta Open, said his injury may be a blessing in disguise as he could use some time off the lanes to concentrate on his study.
“I’ll be sitting for my SPM exam later this year and I think this (injury) is a blessing in disguise. Usually we train in the morning, which means I have to skip school,” said the SMK Bukit Indah student.
“Skipping school means I have to catch up at home during the night. It could be quite taxing, but necessary as I don’t want to miss out on my study.