JOHOR BARU: Johor Sports Council (MSNJ) is planning to expand the short mat bowls game starting next year as a training platform for lawn bowling here.
MSNJ assistant director Mohd Amir Abdullah Mohd Amir Najib said the game was introduced as an alternative training method to further develop lawn bowling in the state, especially at the grassroots level.
“This is one of the early approaches that we can implement for young athletes as it is much more flexible in terms of training and can be conducted indoors so training can take place in any weather.
“We conducted a demonstration of the game at Bangunan Dato’ Ibrahim Munsyi, Kota Iskandar to see how it goes and we believe that it has potential to go far, ” he said when contacted.
He revealed that the council had also planned to organise a competition for the game starting 2021 and that it was awaiting approval from Lawn Bowls Malaysia Association.
“Three development programmes are set to start next year so that we can start producing athletes in this arena.
“Currently, we have one lawn bowl arena at the Youth and Sports Complex, Larkin and the soon-to-be-introduced Arena Emas in Taman Impian Emas, Skudai.
Short mat bowls is an indoor sport and a modern version of lawn bowling where players attempt to score points by rolling a ball along a flat surface to gain as many shots to outscore their opponents.
Separately, on another programme, Mohd Amir Abdullah said MSNJ, with Kota Tinggi Sports Council, had organised the Science Applications Gold Sports Coach and Introduction Workshop to better prepare coaches for the coming Malaysia Games (Sukma).
“The programme was conducted earlier this month and involved 20 coaches from Kota Tinggi and Mersing.
“The aim is to share with them the latest advancement in sports science and how it can be applied in their training, especially for athletes under the Gold programme, ” he added.
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