PETALING JAYA: It’s the new season, but the future remains bleak as far as the national bowling team are concerned.
The keglers can expect another lengthy spell without tournaments as those lined up for the first half of the year have already been postponed.
The Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games in Chonburi, Thailand, has been rescheduled from May 21-30 to March 10-20 next year.
Then came another blow when the World Junior Championships (Under-18) in Helsingborg, Sweden has also been pushed back to a year later and the World Youth Championships (Under-21), which was supposed to be held simultaneously, has been scrapped.
The team’s next assignment should be the Asian Championships from June 3-13 in Hong Kong barring any changes.
If the Asian meet is cancelled, the national keglers could find themselves without competitions for 18 months come end of June.
Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) secretary general Maradona Chok admitted the long period of inactivity could affect the bowlers competitive edge, but he was quick to remind that all were faced with the same challenge.“It looks like we have to wait for another unforeseen period, ” said Maradona.
“The team will try their best to maintain a positive mindset as we face this together.
“But I have faith in all our bowlers. All are professionals and know exactly what’s at stake. I’m certain they will continue to perform their best to impress the coaches during training.
All MTBC are hoping for now is for the pandemic situation in the country to improve and bowling centres will be reopened.
Unlike the national athletes from other sports, the bowlers are currently unable to train as the government does not allow the centres to operate under the movement control order.
“With the continuous opening and closing of the centres, it really limits what we can do. The industry is also hit very hard but hopefully, it will survive.”
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