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The 15th World Bowling Championships were officially opened by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein in a short but glittering ceremony at the Pyramid Mega Lanes yesterday evening.
The gauntlet has been thrown down. The Vietnam-bound athletes have been asked to defy the odds and win more than 57 gold medals to record the country's best-ever SEA Games outing outside of Malaysia.
The Youth and Sports Ministry may withdraw allocations for state athletics associations if they fail to implement development programmes.
Malaysia have drawn up a new sports policy aimed at achieving excellence in core sports in the Asian and Olympic Games by 2010.
Malaysia have moved past the stage where they are just contented to host sporting events. The Youth and Sports Ministry will, in future, help in hosting only events where Malaysian athletes will not just be making up the numbers.
The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) have not set any medal target for the World Championships. But there seemed to be high expectations if the efforts put in to conduct the official lane draw in Kuala Lumpur Thursday was anything to go by.