Gillian seeks alternatives to stay sharp after SEA Games postponement

PETALING JAYA: National bowler Gillian Lim can’t help but feel disappointed with the postponement of the Vietnam SEA Games.

She was one of the frontrunners to make the top four in the women’s team for the Games but her debut has to wait.

On Thursday, the SEA Games Federation (SGF) decided to defer the Games scheduled from Nov 21-Dec 2 because of rising Covid-19 cases in the region.

The Asian Youth Championships double gold medallist said she would look at alternative plans to keep herself on her toes.

“I wished that it would go on but I knew they would have to postpone it because of the alarming rise of cases in the region. I’ve to accept the decision,” said Gillian.

“All the back-up bowlers were gearing up for the SEA Games, as it would have been the only competitive action for us this year.”

The others as good as assured in the women’s team were Nerosha Keligit and world youth champion Nur Syazwani Sahar.

The national bowlers have bagged an impressive haul of 83 medals, including 33 golds in seven Games since Kuala Lumpur 2001.

Gillian, who is based in Bukit Jalil, said the focus would be on strength training as they were still not allowed to use the lanes yet.

“I have the bowling ball in my room, so I do some swinging drills just so that I do not lose my touch.

“We are allowed to use the gymnasium at the National Sports Institute, so our focus right now is to build stamina and strength before we get back to the lanes.

“Yes, it is tough without any competition and training, but we will remain positive and continue to do our part to keep ourselves in good shape.”

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