Bowler Alex Liew won two gold medals at the last Asian Games in Guangzhou. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Bowling could be contested for the last time at next month’s Incheon Asian Games in South Korea.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) are contemplating moving the sport to the Asian Indoor Games to trim down the number of events at the Asiad. If they succeed, it will be a big blow to Malaysia.
To date, bowling has delivered 10 golds, seven silvers and seven bronzes to be Malaysia’s most successful sport at the Asiad.
Malaysia are again banking on bowling to deliver in Incheon, with team manager Cheah Ban Cheng predicting a two-gold haul.
“We are optimistic of bringing back two golds. Our strength is in the team events, but we want to fight for a medal in all the events,” said Ban Cheng.
He added that hosts South Korea would be Malaysia’s biggest threat.
“South Korea are the favourites. They have home ground advantage and have been training at the venue for quite some time. But I believe our bowlers are capable of rising to the occasion,” said Ban Cheng.
At the 2010 Asiad in Guangzhou, Malaysia bagged two golds, one silver and one bronze.
Alex Liew was the toast of the team, winning a gold in the men’s doubles and All-Events.
He also helped Malaysia finish second in the five-man team event. Malaysia’s bronze was contributed by the five-woman team.
The national bowlers have been quite impressive so far this season.
National champion Sin Li Jane was triumphant at the Euro-Med Storm International in May and Singapore Open in June while back-up bowler Muhd Nur Aiman Khairuddin claimed the Malaysian Open crown in May. As for back-up bowler Victoria Chin, she bagged the Hong Kong Open title in June.