Mohd Nur Aiman Khairuddin in a file photo. Although he is now in the back-up squad, Aiman hopes to do well in the Malaysian Open and make it to the Incheon Asian Games.
PETALING JAYA: National back-up bowler Mohd Nur Aiman Khairuddin is harbouring huge hopes of joining the Incheon Asian Games squad.
He knows the path to Incheon is via the Malaysian Open which culminates with the stepladder finals on May 10 at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid.
Aiman is no stranger to the Asian Games, having been with the national team at the Guangzhou Games four years ago.
However, a slide in performance last year eventually saw him move from the elite to the back-up squad. With that, his chances are slimmer this time around.
“I haven’t given up hope. I know I’m slightly at a disadvantage because I’m now in the back-up squad, but I’m not about to give up. I’m currently undergoing some positive changes (in my game) under the new coach (John Forst) and I like it,” said Aiman.
American Forst, a lane specialist who started his tenure with the national team last month, is specifically tasked with handling the back-up squad.
“I still remember winning the title in 2011 ... it is a sweet memory for me. I heard that not many Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) bowlers will be present this year but I won’t say it will be easy.
“We still have to look from within the national squad. Any one of them could win the title. It should be a fun week,” said Aiman.
National bowler Syimir Abdul Razak and Singapore’s Shayna Ng are the defending champions respectively in the men’s and women’s categories.