Bowler Mohd Rafiq Ismail (second right) has recovered from a wrist injury and is currently competing in the Malaysian Open tournament at Sunway Pyramid. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: The ongoing Malaysian Open bowling championships at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid marks the return of two national trainees – Mohd Rafiq Ismail and Hee Kar Yen – from injuries.
Elite squad member Rafiq is returning from an arm injury picked up in January after the national trials.
The 17-year-old suffered a stress fracture and was supposed to have return to action last month in the Inter-state and National Championships. However, Rafiq opted to delay his return upon advice by doctors at the National Sports Institute (NSI).
Back-up bowler Kar Yen, meanwhile, is back for her first competitive outing after an injury-plagued year.
She made a brief appearance at the Milo International Junior All-Stars December last year – winning the Masters title – after a long struggle with a knee injury but succumbed to another period of layoff to the same problem.
Rafiq said that he is feeling good and that the left arm is no longer a problem.
“I feel good right now and bowling well. I don’t really see any big difference to my game so far, but it is still too early to tell,” said Rafiq, who is currently the leading local qualifier in the Malaysian Open.
As for Kar Yen, she’s hoping for a good run in the tournament to win a spot in the squad for the Incheon Asian Games in September.
“Everything looks okay for me now ... I really hope to do well this time,” said the 23-year-old.
The tournament culminates on Saturday with the step-ladder Finals.
Syimir Abdul Razak and Shayna Ng are the men’s and women’s defending champions respectively.