PETALING JAYA: The national elite bowling team have been dealt a blow after three of their members, including young bowler Tun Ameerul Hakim Tun Hasnul Azam, were confirmed positive for Covid-19.
Tun Ameerul revealed that he was admitted due to Covid-19 on Saturday after showing severe symptoms on Friday night.
“I have been admitted to the hospital, and everything is under control now. God willing, everything will be fine soon, ” he said on his Instagram account on Saturday.
“Please pray for my recovery. Please stay at home and take care during this movement control order. Thank you for the love and support, ” said Tun Ameerul, who posted a picture of him lying on the bed at the Universiti Malaya hospital.
Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Confederation (MTBC) secretary-general Maradona Chok confirmed that besides Tun Ameerul, two other members – another bowler and a coach – also tested positive and had been undergoing home quarantine.
Maradona said he had been in constant contact with Tun Ameerul and assured that he was responding well to treatment.
“Everyone in the team is under quarantine now. The cases only emerged after we had stopped training, ” said Maradona.
“Last week, one of the coaches had a fever, and after a check-up, he was found positive. So we sent the whole team, including the back-up squad, for a test.
“The bowler who was found positive is under home quarantine. Only Ameerul is in the hospital. As for the other athletes, they are negative but all are under quarantine. We will do another test to make sure they are okay.
“We followed the standard operating procedures during training sessions, but sometimes things can get out of hand.
“The National Sports Council and National Sports Institute are aware of the situation. We will make sure everything is clear before we return to training.”
The national bowling team are certainly feeling the effects of the pandemic, and one might assume that it could hamper their preparations for the SEA Games in Hanoi at the end of this year.
With competitions suspended or cancelled, and now with the positive cases, the camp’s morale should be down, but Maradona said they were all in good spirits despite the challenge.
“We are still preparing the team for the games, and we are doing the best we can despite the challenges. Yes, it is not ideal, but we are not overly concerned.”
It was the second round of closure of the training programmes.
Last month, the national body had to suspend their training temporarily when one of their juniors tested positive for Covid-19. Due to close contact, junior coach Azidi Ameran was also confirmed Covid-19 positive – but both of them have recovered.