Bowlers strike it right by checking out the lanes early

Narrow alleys: The Royal City bowling venue in Hanoi is rather small.

A DECISION to arrive early in Hanoi early has proven to be the right one for the bowling team.

Although the official practice is only on May 15, the Malaysian have started their training at the Royal City bowling alley yesterday after making some early arrangements.

And Mohd Syazirol Shamsudin was glad to have the headstart.

“The Royal City is small and the space is quite tight,” said Syazirol.

“Good that we are here now as we will have ample time to get used to the place and atmosphere here. I see it as an advantage for us.”

Syazirol also plans to savour the city of Hanoi.

“It’s my first trip here and the place has been beyond my expectations. The scenery has been nice and I plan to enjoy the place before the competition starts,” he said.

“I’m also excited, especially after diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri won three days ago, I want to win too for our country.”

The men’s squad comprise Syazirol, Mohd Hafiz Zainuddin, Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli and Nevern Netaneel. The women are Gillian Lim, Nora Lyana Nastasia Norkamal, Nerosha Keligit and Nur Syazwani Sahar.

Although all are back-up bowlers, Syazirol said the team have gelled exceptionally well since they have been together, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, at the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil.

“I have been practising with my teammates for years now, we have a strong bond.

“The senior bowlers have encouraged us to be fully focused and to own up to our mistakes and not to repeat them.”

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