KUALA LUMPUR: The national men's and women's bowling teams will receive RM48,000 in incentives from the National Sports Council (NSC) for their unprecedented success at the recent World Tenpin Team Cup in Odense, Denmark.
NSC International Preparation division director Ahmad Shapawi Ismail said that since bowling was not an Olympics event, the incentive received would be less than that for Olympic sports.
“Bowling is not listed in Olympics as a competitive game. So they can't get bigger incentive for being world champions,” he said yesterday.
The men's and women's teams created history when they won the world title in their respective categories at the championships when ended last Sunday.
The men's team defeated Sweden 492-464 (223-210, 269-254) while the Malaysian women beat England 409-329 (218-173, 191-156) in the finals.
It is Malaysia's first major success since the inception of the biennial championships here in 1994.
The best records for Malaysia prior to this were third placing for the women's team (1996 in Canada and 1998 in Holland) and a fourth placing for the men's team (1994 in KL).
Ahmad Shapawi said a game not listed in the Olympics would only be entitled to RM20,000 incentive for a world title and RM10,000 for a second placing under the NSC's incentive award scheme.
“Since there are more than five players in each team, we will give them RM4,000 each and this means that the men's and women's teams will receive RM24,000 each,” he said.
The men's team comprises Daniel Lim, Ben Heng, Alex Liew, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Azidi Ameran and Jonathan Lim while women's team is made up of Lai Kin Ngoh, Shalin Zulkifli, Sarah Yap, Wendy Chai, Choy Poh Lai and Sharon Chai.
They are expected to return to the country tomorrow after a two-day holidays in Vienna, Austria. – Bernama