Melaka International Bowling Center open and looking forward to the Bowling World Cup
The Melaka International Bowling Center was officially opened for business last month by the Chief Minister of Melaka, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam, and now all involved are looking forward to welcoming bowlers from around the world in mid-November for the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.
George Heng, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress vice-president, presented the Center with a certificate to recognize that, with 52 lanes, it is the largest Center in Malaysia.
The lanes are in two sets of 26 with a roomy concourse between them. It is an ultra-modern, two-storey building with space allocated to kiosks on the ground floor. It is also designed to be friendly to wheelchair users with facilities including a special lane for wheelchairs on the staircase. The first floor boasts restaurants, a media-cum-conference room and ball storage.
As for the tournament, 90 countries have now indicated that they will be sending representatives.
Photos courtesy of S.Thinakaran. Click on the images to enlarge.
Names to Date
|Belgium||Olivier Leroy||Katrien Goossens|
|Canada||Michael Schmidt||Caroline Lagrange|
|Costa Rica||Andres Fallas||Viviana Delgado|
|Denmark||Thomas Larsen||Pia Burkal|
|England||Darren Cundy||Zara Glover|
|Finland||Ari Savola||Reija Lunden|
|French Guiana||Maurice Talane|
|Germany||David Canady||Tina Hulsch|
|Guernsey||Derek Tomlin||Danielle Le Couvey|
|Iraq||Shant Panos Tomassian|
|Kazakhstan||Makhmut Iskhakov||Irina Lazaridi|
|Lithuania||Dovydas Dusevińćius||Daiva Perminiene|
|Malaysia||Zulmazran Zulkifli||Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman|
|Moldova||Nikolay Babyuk||Uliana Grosu|
|New Caledonia||Marin Tranier|
|Northern Ireland||Kevin Horton||Karen Payne|
|Pakistan||Ijaz Ur Rehman||Janet Abril|
|Panama||Miguel Fonseca||Yvette Chen|
|Portugal||Nuno Martinho||Ana Viera|
|Scotland||Mark Kerr||Laura Rhoney|
|Sweden||Martin Larsen||Malin Glendert|
|United States||Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Despite their outstanding international record over the years, no Malaysian bowler has ever won the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Could this change this year?
The big news for the host country is that Zulmazran Zulkifli (pictured left), third-place finisher last year in Hermosillo, Mexico, who also hit a perfect game there, will be participating again. He also took part in 2002 in Riga, Latvia where he finished 10th, and he will surely rank among one of the favorites to carry off the title.
He will be joined by Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman (right) in the women's section. Siti won the Women's World Ranking Masters title this year and is the current Malaysian national champion. She was only 15 when she played in the Bowling World Cup for the first time, in 2006, in Caracas, Venezuela, finishing 10th.
She will be up against the third-place finisher from last year, England's Zara Glover (left), a former world champion, and Tina Hulsch (right) of Germany, who also came third in 2007 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
They will all be looking out for Scotland's Laura Rhoney, who will be making her 8th appearance in the event and who finished fourth in 2006, when her perfect game won her the high game of the tournament trophy.
But one of the stars they will all want to see will be the Team USA's Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left) With a record 45 PBA titles to his name, he has been inducted into both the USBC and the PBA Hall of Fame and was voted PBA Player of the Year record six times. He will be joined by Tennelle Milligan (right), who won three silver (Trios, Team, All Events) and two bronze medals (Doubles, Masters) in the 2007 Women's World Championships.
The qualifying rounds for this year's event start on 16th November with the finals on 19th. It is expected that the finals will be live on Malaysian television.