PETALING JAYA: The National Sports Council (NSC) will announce after the Hari Raya holidays if they have made a mistake over the incentive scheme for the five women bowlers who won a gold medal at the World Championships.
Yesterday, the NSC international athletes preparation director Ahmad Shapawi Ismail insisted that bowling was under Category B, which do not enjoy the RM80,000-RM40,000-RM20,000 incentive scheme for a 1-2-3 placing.
“But we will look at the matter again and we will get back to bowling after the Hari Raya holidays,” said Shapawi.
On Friday, the team - Shalin Zulkifli, Sarah Yap, Wendy Chai, Choy Poh Lai, Sharon Chai and reserve Lai Kin Ngoh received RM4,400 each – or a total of RM24,000 – after becoming the first women’s team to win a gold at the World Championships and ending Malaysia’s 24-year wait for a gold medal.
Shalin had won the silver medal in the individual event twice. Each time, she received RM40,000. The trio of Shalin, Lisa Kwan and Lydia Kwah also won the silver in 1995 and received RM40,000.
And the players were shocked when they were only given RM24,000 when they finally won the gold.
The bowlers, however, will have to put the disappointment aside for now and produce stronger performances in the Hong Kong Open from Nov 27-Dec 5 to qualify for two major events next year.
The Hong Kong Open is the last meet that offers qualifying points for the World Ranking Masters in Moscow from June 20-25 and the Asian Tour Grand Slam Finals in Singapore from Jan 15-18.
National coach Holloway Cheah said that Kin Ngoh, Sarah, Daniel Lim and Zulmazran Zulkifli would be out of contention if they fail to finish at least among the top eight in Hong Kong.
“Overall, the bowlers did not do well in the Singapore Open last month. I hope they will put up a better showing in Hong Kong,” said Holloway. “If seniors like Sarah, Kin Ngoh, Daniel and Zulmazran can reach at least the top eight, they will have a better chance of qualifying for the two major events next year.”
Holloway added that youngsters Choy Poh Lai and Mohd Nadri Mohd Noor had performed well and should maintain their performances in Hong Kong to join the seniors for the major tournaments next year.
In order to qualify for the Tour’s Finals, the men and women bowlers will have to stay within top 16.
Only the top eight men and top eight women bowlers from the Asian Zone get to compete in the World Ranking Masters.
THE RANKINGS (Malaysia unless stated) THE ASIAN BOWLING TOUR
Men: 1. Purvis Granger (Phi) 196, 2. Azidi Ameran 125, 3. Wu Siu Hong (Hkg) 112, 4. Remy Ong (Sin) 111.5, 5. Joonee Gatchalian (Phi) 105, 6. Tom Hahl (Sin) 102, 7. Jack Wong (Sin) 99, 8. Ryan Lalisang (Ina) 90, 9. Andrew Frawley (Aus) 80, 10. Annop Arromsaranon (Tha) 77 and Paulo Valdez (Phi) 77, 12. Chester King (Phi) 76, 13. Boonsong Numthuan (Tha) 75, 14. Sam Goh (Sin) 70, 15. Biboy Rivera (Phi) 67, 16. Shaun Ng (Sin) 60; Selected: 19. Mohd Nadri Mohd Noor 53.5, 25. Daniel Lim 40, 26. Zulmazran Zulkilfi 38.
Women: 1. Happy Soediyono (Ina) 163, 2. Shalin Zulkilfi 155, 3. Jennifer Tan (Sin) 149, 4. Alice Tay (Sin) 132, 5. Liza Del Rosario (Phi) 126, 6. Cecilia Yap (Phi) 125, 7. Vanessa Fung (Hkg) 110, 8. Evelyn Chan (Sin) 105, 9. Wendy Chai 102, 10. Sarah Yap 94, 11. Huang Chiung-yao (Tpe) 81, 12. Pan Yu-fen (Tpe) 80, 13. C. Supaporn (Tha) and Kim Eun-jung (Kor) 75, 15. Jesmine Ho (Sin) 72, 16. Lai Kin Ngoh 63; Selected: 17. Choy Poh Lai 53.5, 18. Tang Joh Six 53, 20. Sharon Chai 47.
THE WORLD RANKING MASTERS
Men: 1. Michael Little (Aus) 360, 2. Wu Siu Hong (Hkg) 311, 3. Ahmed Shaheen (Qat) 299, 4. Duane Camacho (Gum) 288, 5. Mohd Khalifa al-Qubaisi (UAE) 265, 6. Jason Belmonte (Aus) 250, 7. Azidi Ameran 219, 8. Saeed Al Hajri (Qat) 211; Selected: 14. Zulmazran Zulkilfi 131.
Women: 1. Liza Del Clutario (Phi) 498, 2. Liza Del Rosario (Phi) 481, 3. Shalin Zulkilfi 415, 4. Wendy Chai 334, 5. Choy Poh Lai 320, 6. Jennifer Tan (Sin) 294, 7. Cecilia Yap (Phi)263, 8. Lee Eun-ock (Kor) 215; Selected: 12. Lai Kin Ngoh 120, 13. Sarah Yap 104.