National bowlers get the nod to resume training

PETALING JAYA: The national bowling team will resume training today, nine days after it was halted following a youth squad member’s positive Covid-19 test.

Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) secretary-general Maradona Chok said they have received the green light from the National Sports Council (NSC) after a second swab test done on the 34 athletes and five coaches returned negative on Monday.

The MTBC had suspended their training and ordered all bowlers and coaches to undergo a 10-day quarantine from April 19 after a national youth member contracted the virus from his father.

It led to the entire team undergoing testing which saw national youth coach Azidi Ameran return with a positive result.

“Except for Azidi and the youth bowler, the rest of the 39 team members, including five coaches had all been tested again for the second time on Monday and all were negative, ” said Maradona.

“The NSC had given us the blessing to return to training tomorrow (today).

“Azidi and the youth bowler will continue to isolate themselves for now and rejoin us only when released by doctors.”

The senior team will continue to gear up for the Vietnam SEA Games in November and Asian Championships in Hong Kong (January) while the youth team are preparing for the Asian Junior Championships (Under-18) in Bangkok in November.

Barring any further postponement or cancellations, the national keglers could return for their first competitions after 19 months at the back-to-back China and Thailand Opens in August.

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