Jun Foo set for world stage debut
by Ting Tieng Hee, email@example.com. Posted on June 14, 2012, Thursday
KUCHING: Sarawak’s national youth bowler Chong Jun Foo is looking to make a breakthrough at the 12th World Youth Bowling Championship in Bangkok, Thailand from June 22 to July 4.
A member of the state Sukma XV bowling squad, 19-year-old Jun Foo is optimistic of his chances in his debut appearance in a world youth meet.
He has been training regularly with the state squad at Crystal Bowl for at least four hours daily and has been scoring an average game of 210 to 220 pins.
Jun Foo has been exposed to international competitions for the past few years and is confident that he can cope with the challenge from the best junior keglers from all over the world.
He won the Boys Under-18 singles title and finished third in the Boys Youth Open at the Hong Kong Open last year and was runner-up in the Singapore Open.
Jun Foo also took part in the MWA Thailand International Open in Bangkok in April last year where he finished fifth in the Youth Open Masters.
Among the 49 countries that have confirmed participating are powerhouses US, Korea, Singapore, United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Chinese Taipei, UAE, Qatar, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany and Japan.
Jun Foo flew to Kuala Lumpur yesterday to join three other Sarawakians Aris Ardila Santosoh, Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore and Dayang Khairunisa Dhiyana Abang Jamaliddon and the rest of the national squad for centralised training.
Other members of the national team are Syamir Abdul Razak and Hee Kar Yen from Kuala Lumpur, Sin Li Jane from Perak and Jonathan Chan from Pahang.
They are coached by Foong Tak Meng and his assistants Jackson Ting from Sarawak and Azidi Ameran from Selangor. Team manager is BC Cheah.
After the world youth championship, Jun Foo will fly straight from Bangkok to Kuantan, Pahang to join the Sarawak Sukma XV bowling squad.
He will probably compete in the Daejeon International Bowling Championship in Daejeon, South Korea from July 15 to 20.