Fairul, Erda book berths to world meet

KUALA LUMPUR: Fairul Izwan Muin and Erda Firdayu Saroji will represent Malaysia in the Under-25 singles competition of the World Indoor Bowls Council (WIBC) championships in Jersey in October. 

The duo qualified by virtue of finishing as the champions in the Asian Championships, which served as selection trials, at the National Lawn Bowls Centre in Bukit Kiara here yesterday. 

The 21-year-old Fairul defeated Robin Chok of Hong Kong 21-16 in the men's final and in an all-Malaysian women's final, Erda defeated Sarimah Abu Bakar 21-10. 

It was sweet revenge for Fairul, who avenged his 19-21 defeat by Robin in the fourth round of the competition.  

“I am glad I kept my cool in the final. In the fourth round, I lost focus of the game after the match was stopped because of rain,” said Fairul, whose last international victory was in the triples of the last Asian meet in the Philippines. 

NOW THE WORLD: Fairul and Erda hoist up the Malaysian flag after winning golds in their respective events at the Asian Championships held at the National Lawn Bowls Centre in Bukit Kiara in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

The other Malaysians who played in the Under-25 singles competitions were Mohamed Hawari Mat Shoib, Mohamed Azri Zainal Abidin (men) and Sariyana Sahri (women). 

Fairul said that he was looking forward to competing in the world meet. 

“No Malaysian has won the title yet. The best is a fifth place finish by Safuan Said.  

“I hope to do my best,” said Fairul, a computer science student of the Universiti Industri Selangor (UIS). 

Medals won in the Under-25 competitions will not count in the overall medal standings of the ASian Championships. 

Malaysia still lead the standings with three golds and a silver after four events. Malaysia won the gold medals in the men's and women's triples and in the men's pairs.  

The women's pairs were the silver medallists behind the Thais. 

All the winners of the four events will represent Asia in a competition against Europe at the same venue on July 14. 

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