PETALING JAYA: Bowler Nerosha Keligit believes the back-up squad are just as capable of delivering the goods at the Vietnam SEA Games.
The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) are only sending second stringers to the biennial Games from Nov 21-Dec 2 in Hanoi so that top guns such as Rafiq Ismail and Sin Li Jane can concentrate on their preparations for the Asian Championships in January.
With an intense battle set to take place for the four men and four women slots for the Games, the 24-year-old Nerosha has vowed to fight for her place and make her Games debut.
“For me, (playing in the) SEA Games is a big deal because Malaysia have always performed admirably well in almost every single edition, ” said Nerosha.
“So, it’s up to us to keep it running.”
The national bowlers have bagged an impressive haul of 83 medals, including 33 golds, in seven Games editions since Kuala Lumpur 2001.
“If I were make the cut for the Games, I will aim for nothing less than a gold medal. Being a SEA Games gold medallist is a great honour and it’s like a must-have title.
“I can’t name any of my seniors (in the women’s team) who have not won a SEA Games gold. So, it’s certainly a goal of mine to join the club.”
Besides Nerosha, the others vying for their places are world youth champion Nur Syazwani Sahar and Asian Youth Championships double gold medallist Gillian Lim.
For the men’s team, Malaysia can count on the likes of Hafiz Zainuddin, Asian Championships trios’ bronze medallist and reigning national youth champion Syazirol Shamsuddin.
There will be only six gold medals up for grabs this time in Hanoi with the events lined up being singles, doubles and team-of-four for men and women.
Bowling was lucky to be one of the four sports besides triathlon, eSports and jiu-jitsu to be included in the eleventh hour following an appeal.