PETALING JAYA: When you are at the top your game, it’s only natural for you to become an idol to many.
But for Asian Bowling Federation’s No. 1 kegler Timmy Tan, he appears to be an idle idol for now – due to the lack of competitions during this Covid-19 period.
Fortunately, as the cliche goes, looks can be deceiving. Timmy, always the chirpy character that he is, is far from down despite having waited more than a year for competition.
“Of course, I’m frustrated because I can’t compete but as an elite athlete, I’m staying home and following the programmes by the National Sports Council, National Sports Institute and Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress, ” Timmy said.
“We just need to work out and stay fit before returning to the lanes. I’m also doing some wrist exercises and watching bowling videos, and analysing my game.
“I’m looking forward to the Asian Championships and also the SEA Games this year. Hopefully, the pandemic will be gone soon, so that everything will be on schedule.”
The 26-year-old Timmy was in imperious form in 2019 when he won two golds in the Asian Championships in Kuwait in October and another two at the Philippines SEA Games in December.
A livewire in the national team, he always shares a banter or two with his teammates to keep the environment competitive but fun at the same time.
To be deprived of that for an extended period is challenging, but Timmy insists he can still be that fun-loving guy during video seasons.
“I’m always positive, and my mindset will remain competitive. I’m there for my mates, that’s for sure. As for my thirst for glory, it will always be there.”