Back-up keglers to play at AMF World Cup By Ajitpal Singh



    Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (Sep. 10, 2008)

    Malaysia have the distinction of having won bowling titles in every world meet with the exception of the AMF World Cup which has remained elusive since its inception in 1968.

    And it has become more difficult to win the title after the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) decided to scrap it from its list of priority tournaments three years ago.

    The tournament is now reserved for the national back-up bowlers.

    When it was a priority event, the national bowlers did make the podium several times but never lifted the title.

    The two best performances came from the late Michael Chua and Shalin Zulkifli, who finished second in the 1983 and 1996 editions respectively.

    This year's edition will be held in Mexico on Nov 7-15 and national coach Holloway Cheah said he will likely send upcoming bowlers to the event.

    "The World Cup has not been part of the bowlers' training calendar for a long time.

    "It will be a great achievement if my charges can win the title someday but it will not be that great an effort compared to winning gold medals in the men's and women's world championships and the world ranking masters," said Holloway recently.

    "We have tried for over several decades, even during my playing days, to win the event but we never achieved it. It's a tough tournament as there's no special oiling pattern."

    "Our second-tier bowlers are just as good as our seniors and I will not be surprised if one of them wins the World Cup."

    Meanwhile, the national men's squad reported back for training, after being given a week's break, at the Endah Parade Bowling Centre to prepare for the Ankara Open in Turkey (Sep 13-21).