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Ang takes advantage of second chance to win Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge

Pearl Bowling Center in Parañaque City, Philippines (March 24 - April 1)

2007ESMCChampionAdrianAng_small.jpg Adrian Ang (left), Malaysia, survived a strong challenge by Singapore's Cherie Tan en route to win the 5th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge at Pearl Bowling Center in Parañaque City, Philippines. Ang lost the first game, 239-179, but got a second chance as he was the No. 1 seed. Ang took full advantage and won the game and the match, 253-220, to receive the one million Philippine Pesos top prize, approximately U.S. $20,822.



1st Asian Universities Bowling Championship

Powerbowl, Makati City, Philippines (March 7-11, 2007)

2007AUBCZatilIman_small.jpg 2007AUBCCaseyYu_small.jpg The 1st Asian Universities Bowling Championship was held from March 7-11, 2007 at Powerbowl, Power Plant Mall, Makati City, Philippines. Casey Yu (l.), from the school, Ateneo De Manila University, and Zatil Iman (r.), Universiti Teknologi Mara, were the most successful players with three gold medals each. 



Siti, Mohd Noer join the elite squad By Lim Teik Huat

Republished courtesy of the Malysian Star (March 9, 2007)

Impressive performances over the last few months have earned bowlers Mohd Noer Said and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman places in the national elite squad. Mohd Noer filled the spot vacated by Ben Heng, who chose to retire from national duty after the Doha Asian Games last December. The inclusion of the duo in the senior squad was endorsed in a joint meeting between the National Sports Council (NSC) and Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC).

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Second chance for Siti Safiyah

Republished courtesy of the Malaysian Star (March 10, 2007)

2006SitiSafiyah_small.jpg National woman bowler Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman has been given a second chance to prove herself in the national team and the youngster is determined to justify her inclusion by winning a spot in the squad for the World Championships. On Thursday, the 17-year-old Siti Safiyah was promoted to the women's elite team for her good showing in international tournaments in the last few months.

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Issue between Emirates Bowling Federation and Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress still ongoing

Will MTBC President Nathan harm bowling's Olympic efforts once again?

ABFLogo_small.jpg Professor Leung Mee-Lee, Hong Kong, Honorary Secretary General of the Asian Bowling Federation, has informed all ABF member federations that the issue between the Emirates Bowling Federation (EBF) and the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) concerning an occurrence during the 2006 Malaysian Open is not resolved yet. Latest News: WTBA approves 30th Malaysian Open.



Lucky break for Zul By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of The Malaysian Star Online (March 2, 2007)

Zulmazran_Zulkifli_5082.jpg Bowler Zulmazran Zulkifli will get to compete in the World Ranking Masters – thanks to Australian Jason Belmonte. Belmonte was placed seventh in the Asian and European rankings and recently decided to compete under the European banner. The Malaysian, who missed the top eight cut for the event after finishing ninth in the Asian rankings  will now compete in the tournament, which will be held in Lake Wales, Fla., May 2-8.



Hot Esther gets invite for first Asian Women Bowling Championships

Republished courtesy of The Malaysian Star (Feb. 18, 2007)

2006AGEstherCheah_small.jpg Malaysia's top woman bowler Esther Cheah is hot. She has been invited to represent Malaysia in the inaugural Asian Women Bowling Championships in Tokyo from April 14-15. The 20-year-old world champion was invited for the meet based on her superb performance in winning two gold and three silver medals at the Doha Asian Games in December.



Talented bowlers strike big time

Republished courtesy of Daily Liberal (Feb. 14, 2007)

2006EBT15JasonBelmonte_small.jpg There's money to be made in tenpin bowling - just ask Orange's globe trotting journeyman Jason Belmonte, whe pocketed a whopping $US25,000 in a tournament held in Las Vegas. The former world bowler of the year took out the February high roller at Sam's Town Bowling Centre. Belmonte survived the cut-throat nature of the tournament to roll a 279 game in the grand final shoot out.



Esther in two minds over future

Republished courtesy of The Malaysian Star (Feb. 12, 2007)

2006AGEstherCheah_small.jpg Bowler Esther Cheah can't decide whether to further her studies in the United States or concentrate on the World Championships in Mexico in August. Esther, who received a whopping RM198,333 in rewards on Wednesday for her efforts in winning two gold and three silver medals at the Doha Asian Games last December (pictured left), said that the start of a degree programme she wanted to do clashed with the World Championships.



ESPN Malaysian Sports Centre to begin Operation April

Republished courtesy of Malaysian National News Agency Bernama (Feb. 12, 2007)

2007DatukAzalinaOthmanSaid_small.jpg The ESPN Malaysian Sports Centre will begin operation in April, showcasing international and local sporting events. Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said (pictured) said Monday the 30-minute programme will be shown five times daily, with two live telecasts and three repeat broadcast programmes.

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Asian Bowling Federation suspends all international tournaments in Malaysia

ABFLogo.jpg The Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) has informed its member federations that ABF will not sanction any international tournaments organized or sanctioned by the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) until further notice. The next events affected are the 30th Malaysian International Open and the Malaysian leg of the 2007 ABF Tour. The reason for the drastic measures goes back to the 2006 Malaysian Open.



Esther, Sheng Chow biggest earners By Christopher Raj

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times (Feb. 8, 2007)

2007EstherCheahRM193333_small.jpg Bowler Esther Cheah (left) and paralympic athlete Lee Sheng Chow each took home close to RM200,000 last night for their feats in last year's Doha Asian Games and Fespic Games respectively. Esther, who won two gold and three silver medals in Doha, received RM193,333 (editor's note: approx. US$55,000) from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (right).



Race for Presidency: Aini -- Affiliates the ones who want change By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times (Feb. 1, 2007)

2007MASMohdAiniTaib_small.jpg Datuk Mohd Aini Taib's decision to challenge Datuk Dr P.S. Nathan for the presidency of the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) this Sunday has raised eyebrows. Mohd Aini, the president of the Selangor Tenpin Bowling Association (04), says his decision was due to prompted by the urgings of the affiliates. He tells Timesport's AJITPAL SINGH that contrary to popular belief, there is so much more that needs to be improved in MTBC.



Holloway fails to discover any new talent from the states By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of The Malaysian Star (Jan. 29, 2007)

2007SitiSafiyah_small.jpg National chief coach Holloway Cheah had hoped to see the emergence of new talent during the inter-state and national championships, which ended on Saturday. But he was left disappointed. Except for a likely promotion for back-up bowlers Mohd Noer Said and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman (pictured) to the elite squad, there will be no major changes in the national team set-up.



Bong Coo is new PBC Sec-general

Republished courtesy of News Balita (Jan. 22 2007)

Former women's World Cup Champion and Hall of Famer, Olivia "Bong" Garcia-Coo was elected as the new secretary-general of the Philippine Bowling Congress (PBC) headed by Stephen "Steve" Hontiveros. This marks the first time for Garcia-Coo to become a PBC official after serving the national team as a player, coach and team leader for many years.



Winning team gets diamonds for gold By Lim Teik Huat

Republished courtesy of The Malaysian Star (Jan. 21, 2007)

2007MASDiamonds_small.jpg As far as the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) is concerned, their women bowlers are their stars forever. On Friday, the MTBC presented the six members of the gold-medal winning team in the recent Doha Asian Games with a diamond ring each.



Malaysian bowlers win Tournament of Champions By P. Damar Harsanto

Republished courtesy of The Jakarta Post (Jan. 16, 2007)

2007ABFToCWendyChai2_small.jpg 2007ABFToCAlexLiew2_small.jpg Bowler Alex Liew (l.) of Malaysia proved that his victory in the Asian Tenpin Bowling Championship in Jakarta last year was not a fluke as he grabbed the title in the Asian Bowling Federation's Tournament of Champions in men's division, while his compatriot Wendy Chai (r.) grabbed title in women's division.



In search of bowling talent By Ng Wei Loon

Republished courtesy of The Star Online (Jan. 12, 2007)

2007BowlingTalents2_small.jpg The recent Kuala Lumpur core-sport bowling junior development programme selection and evaluation garnered an overwhelming response. As the budding keglers tried to impress the selectors to secure their places in the Under-12, Under-15 and Under-18 training squads for the new season, their families and friends also gathered to support the bowlers in action.



Coach Holloway tinkers with Poh Lai's bowling technique By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of The Star Online (Jan. 6, 2006)

2007ChoyPohLai_small.jpg National chief coach Holloway Cheah is determined to help national woman bowler Choy Poh Lai (l.) end her five-year title drought. To do that, Holloway wants the 26-year-old Poh Lai to simplify her bowling technique. "I'm happy that she is making the necessary changes and trying to keep her game simple. I am certain that she will be on the right track with a few adjustments to her game," he said.



13th All Japan Inter-High School Championships

Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Cup

2006JPNIHSCKawasakiABowl_small.jpg The 13th All Japan Inter-High School Championships were held from Dec.23-25, 2005 at Kawasaki A Bowl (pictured left) in Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan. The Aikodai Meiden High School from Aichi Prefecture won the boys' title and the Takasaki University of Health and Welfare High School from Gunma Prefecture won the girls' title.

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