PETALING JAYA: The national elite bowling team will jostle for spots to compete in the IBF World Cup, previously known as the AMF World Cup, in Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Four men and four women from the elite squad will be selected for the competition from Nov 11 to 23.
And in order to select the ones in top form, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Confederation (MTBC) will be holding roll-offs at the Sunway Megalanes.
Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Timmy Tan, Rafiq Ismail, Ahmad Muaz Fishol and Tun Hakim Tun Hasnul Azam are in the men’s team while the women’s team consist of Sin Li Jane, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Esther Cheah, Natasha Roslan and Faten Najihah Ahmad Faik.
Team manager and MTBC secretary-general Maradona Chok said the list of bowlers will be confirmed on Nov 2, and till then, all the bowlers will have to be at their best during training and roll-offs.
“We already decided earlier that the backup team will compete in the SEA Games while the elite will compete in the World Cup,” he said.
“I know the elite team have been thirsting for top level competition for a while now. They will go all out, but first, they must impress us to be part of the eight bowlers carrying the nation’s challenge in Australia.
“I can see that the morale and confidence are high. Every session in Sunway Megalanes looks spirited. Whoever gets selected will surely give a good challenge in the World Cup.”
In the men’s competition, Muaz was the last Malaysian to be on the podium when he finished third in the 2017 edition while in the women’s event, Natasha finished third in the 2019 edition.
Syafiq was the last Malaysian to win the World Cup when he did it in Wroclaw, Poland 10 years ago.
Over 750 participants will arrive in Australia in November with 48 teams (24 men’s and 24 women’s) for the World Cup.