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For left-handers only

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times Online (May 10, 2007)

2007MASForLefthandersonly_small.jpg Calling all natural left-handed bowlers.
Here is a chance for you to pit your skills against other lefties at a tenpin bowling carnival on May 19 from 8pm to 10pm at the Sunway Pyramid Mega Lanes. Datuk Dina Rizal (pictured), a left hander himself, came up with the idea with Michelle Wong, the manager of Pyramid Mega Lanes.



POC chief hails Paeng's USBC appointment

2007PaengNepomuceno.jpg Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr., brother of former Philippine President Cory C. Aquino, hailed the recent appointment of six-time world champion Paeng Nepomuceno as USBC (United States Bowling Congress) ambassador and promised to help Nepomuceno campaign for bowling's inclusion in the Olympic Games.



Al-Muraikhi and Torrents win Sinai Open

International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt (April 18-26, 2007)

2007SinaiOpenSandraTorrents_small.jpg 2007SinaiOpenMubarakAlMuraikhi2_small.jpg Mubarak Ali Al-Muraikhi from Qatar, the men's No. 1 seed, flew past Thailand's Badin L, 247-172, to win the 9th Sinai Open in Cairo, Egypt and the $7,000 top prize. The women's final ended with the upset of the evening as the dominating leader of all previous rounds, Kim Eun Jung, Korea, lost to second seed, Sandra Torrents, Spain, 215-191.



Shalin Zulkifli set for professional circuit by Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times Online (April 22, 2007)

2007ESMCShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli (Malaysia) has always longed to turn professional and she will have a chance of realizing her dream when the United States' women's professional circuit gets underway in September. But there is a problem — she will have to get a release from national coach Holloway Cheah and the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC).



Miyagi mows down the field in 1st Asian Girls Bowling Championship

Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan (April 14-15, 2007)

2007AGCSuzunaMiyagiCheck_small.jpg Japan's Suzuna Miyagi won five consecutive matches and defeated seven opponents en route to win the DHC Cup 1st Asian Girls Bowling Championship at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan. In the championship match, the member of the Japanese national team stunned top-seeded Shalin Zulkifli, 245-199, to earn the title and the 500,000 Yen top prize (approx $4,185).



Big payday for Ryan Lalisang in Kuwait Open

Vanessa Fung wins women's final

Vanessa Fung.jpg 2006BWCRyanLalisang_small.jpg Ryan Lalisang from Indonesia defeated Mohamed Al Qubaisi in the title match, 234-217, to win the 4th Kuwait Open Tournament and the $25,000 top prize. In the women's final, Vanessa Fung from Hong Kong defeated No. 1 seeded Kim Eun Jung, Korea, twice to win the women's title worth $2,750. 



Shalin Zulkifli: I am still hungry by Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times (April 15, 2007)

2007MASShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Has Shalin Zulkifli lost her appetite for winning?
After bagging six individual titles last year, Malaysia's most successful bowler has yet to record a single win in five tournaments so far this year. On the other hand, Shalin's teammates — Esther Cheah, Wendy Chai and Zandra Aziela are more successful, with each winning one this year.



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.

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