Robert wants young bowlers to be confident

PETALING JAYA: Believe in yourselves.

This is the advice given by national bowling team manager Robert Lu Nam Min to the young bowlers who are about to begin their quest for medals at the SEA Games in Vietnam which officially starts tomorrow.

Malaysia are pinning their hopes on a young team to continue the rich tradition set by their seniors.

Robert believes that the youngsters have the potential to secure podium finishes at the biennial Games.

“Our coach Holloway Cheah have prepared the bowlers well for podium finishes. They have to believe in themselves to deliver,” said Robert.

“We have not set a specific target for this SEA Games but I believe that the bowlers can deliver a few surprises.”

The young team consist of Mohd Hafiz Zainuddin, Mohd Syazirol Shamsudin, Nevern Netaneel and Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli (men) and Gillian Lim, Nora Lyana Nastasia Norkamal, Nerosha Keligit and Nur Syazwani Sahar (women).

While staying optimistic, Robert is wary of the threat posed by Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia to Malaysia’s medal chances.

“The Singaporean women will be one of our main threats as they are sending their elite team. The Singaporean men will also be dangerous along with the Thais and Indonesians,” said Robert.

In the last SEA Games, Malaysia captured two golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

This time, the bowlers need to adapt quickly to the Royal City Hanoi bowling alley to stand a chance of doing well.

The bowlers will have another motivation to perform well as this will be Holloway’s last SEA Games as a coach.

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