Frustrated bowlers forced to break camp

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) have suspended the national team’s training sessions until further notice due to the movement control order (MCO).

All 35 keglers – 19 from the Podium Programme and 16 from the national youth squad – broke camp yesterday as the Sunway Mega Lanes will be closed throughout the MCO from Jan 13-26.

They bowlers however managed to undergo seven training sessions since Jan 4.

“With the MCO, we will once again be forced to break camp, ” said their secretary-general Maradona Chok.

“The bowlers have been reminded to stay home and stay safe during this period. There are some who are based at the National Sports Council hostels, and we have asked them to stay put and not head home to avoid unnecessary risks.”

Maradona added that the stop-start training does not augur well despite no international assignment until the second quarter of the year.

The earliest tournament on the calendar is the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Bangkok (May 21-30) followed by the Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Hong Kong (June 3-13).

The other major meets lined up are the World Junior Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden (June 22-July 4) and the Vietnam SEA Games (Nov 21-Dec 2).

“It will surely affect the bowlers as it’s just been barely a week since they restarted training and I’m sure they will be frustrated, ” said Maradona.

“But this is beyond our control. We just have to remain positive, ” he added.

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