MTBC advocates for tenpin bowling to be included in 2025 Sea Games in Thailand

PETALING JAYA, June 22 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Association (MTBC) will submit a petition to the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) through the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to consider the sport’s inclusion in the 2025 Southeast Asian Games to be held in Thailand.

MTBC acting chairman Datuk Mohamed Najeeb Abdullah expressed confidence that the OCM, led by Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria, would take proactive steps to achieve their objectives.

“MTBC is disappointed that (bowling) is not included among the 40 sports that will be competed at the upcoming SEA Games.

“This is because bowling has never been excluded since the first Southeast Asian Games was held in Bangkok and we know that the last time it was held in Phnom Penh (Cambodia 2023), the sport was not held due to a lack of facilities (bowling alleys),” he said here today.

Mohammed Najeeb believes the appeal, which needs to be made by August 31 this year, will garner support from a majority of member states as most of them have bowlers.

He also said there will be no problems at Thai bowling alleys as several bowling tournaments are scheduled to be held in Thailand this year.

“Similar to the 2021 Hanoi SEA Games (when bowling is included), we will employ the same strategy by sending our backup team to give them a chance to hone their talents.”

“Our bowlers have played in international tournaments and are always ready despite the tough schedule,” he said.

Yesterday, the OCM said it would appeal to the SEAGF to include several sports that could bring medals to Malaysia in the 2025 Southeast Asian Games to be held in Thailand.

At a recent meeting of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAGF) Sports and Rules Committee in Bangkok, Thailand proposed 40 sports, including discus and tug-of-war, as demonstration sports for the 33rd Southeast Asian Games to be held in Bangkok, Chon Buri and Songkhla from Dec 9-20 next year.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Najeeb expressed his gratitude that bowlers are gaining recognition after Natasha Mohamed Roslan was awarded the title of National Female Sportsperson of the Year 2023 at the National Sports Awards 2023 held at the National Sports Council (MSN) in Bukit Jalil recently.

— Bernama

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