Malaysian bowlers finish day two of Asian Junior Championships scoreless

PETALING JAYA, June 19 (Bernama) — Malaysia’s bowlers struggled to perform well in the boys’ and girls’ doubles events at the 23rd Asian Junior Bowling Championships at the Sunway Megalanes in Bandar Sunway today, finishing the second day without a win.

However, national junior team coach Alex Liu is not ready to hit the panic button and believes today’s poor performance was due to the fact that some bowlers are from other states and it was difficult to get them all to attend intensive training.

“And because this is an under-18 event, our players had to be in school, so we basically only had a week to get our players ready for this tournament.”

“Actually (today) we fought until the end and nobody gave up, so they did their best. But sometimes (when you’re not doing well), that’s how it goes. But there’s still tomorrow…” he said after today’s awards ceremony.

Earlier, Singapore won the men’s and women’s doubles events with Joshua Gazza/Aviel Chua (2,585 pinfall) and Jean Neo/Isabelle Wee (2,454 pinfall) winning gold medals respectively.

In the men’s doubles, Talal Al Marri and Ibrahim Al Moreiki of Qatar (2.571) won the silver medal, while Naser Al Kandari and Adel Ali of Kuwait won the bronze medal. In the women’s doubles, Ella Tan and Hazel Tan (2.446), also from Singapore, won the silver medal, while Emily Hinspeter and Emily Hart (2.414) of Australia took the bronze medal.

Malaysia’s best performers today were Afika Kamilia Ali and Adelia Noor, Irwan Shazaly (women’s doubles) and Ahmad Farish Daniel and Wan Zarif Ikram (men’s doubles).

Afika Kamilia Adelia took fourth place with 2,356 pinfalls out of 24 sets, while Ahmad Farish Wan Zarif took eighth place with 2,455 pinfalls out of 40 sets.

Meanwhile, Singapore Bowling Federation senior national assistant coach Jensen Lim said the two gold medal wins will inspire the Keglers to take things to the next level.

“We teach our young people to focus on the process. If you do well in the process, the results will come naturally. So whenever the results come, it’s always a pleasant surprise,” he said.

Malaysia began the championships with two bronze medals from Ethan Damian Goh (men’s singles) and Kurlatuin Izdihar Mohamed Pozi (women’s singles).

Fourteen teams, including Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Macau and Pakistan, will compete in the championship, which will be held from June 16-23.

— Bernama

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