Thursday, January 20

S’wak forges partnership to produce world-class bowlers

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Snowdan (third right) poses with Ong (third left), Shaifulbahari (left), Ting (second right) and others after the MoA signing. — Photo by Lim How Pim

KUCHING (Oct 18): The Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) has sealed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Sarawak Tenpin Bowling Association and Johan Perwira Sdn Bhd (Megalanes) to produce world-class athletes in line with the National Sports Vision 2030.

Signing the MoA today were SSC CEO Dr Ong Kong Swee, Sarawak Tenpin Bowling Association deputy president Shaifulbahari Shukri and Megalanes director Jackie Ting.

The MoA on Tenpin Bowling Sport Hub and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics Project will provide local bowlers with holistic training and coaching programmes, said Ong during the MoA signing which was witnessed by Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan.

According to Ong, Megalanes is able to provide world class training facilities and services for local athletes.

“I am confident that with the collaboration of SSC and Sarawak Tenpin Bowling Association to manage the training and coaching programmes, our athletes can look beyond Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) for more international and world championships,” he said.

He expressed confidence that they will be ready for the world stage and ultimately produce Olympians for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

“Sarawak Tenpin Bowling Association has already produced two world champions – Jonathan lim and Jacqueline Suore.

“Currently, two girls from Sarawak are in the national squad. They are Nerosha Keligit and Gillian Lim,” he said.

Ong said SSC is looking towards more Sarawakian athletes becoming part of the national team in the near future.

“And hopefully Olympians from Sarawak for 2028,” he added.

According to a statement issued by SSC, Megalanes Sarawak Batu Kawa is a premier training centre in Asia.

It said holistic training and coaching programmes under the MoA included Starters Centre, Excellence Centre, Youth Excellence Centre and Senior Elite Centre.