KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) hope to win at least three gold medals in the SEA Games hosted by Indonesia from Nov 10-22.
MTBC Secretary-general Sidney Tung said Malaysia's medal hopes would hinge on the men bowlers who have shown consistent performances and are equipped with vast experience at international competitions.
"In the women's events we are expected to face stiff competition from Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines since the performances of bowlers from these countries have been improving," he said.
Sidney said MTBC hoped to send 12 of the 16 national players to Indonesia.
"As part of the team's preparations for the Games, the 16 bowlers are currently undergoing centralised training at the Megalanes Endah Parade in Sri Petaling for the past two weeks.
"We will finalise the names of the 12 players - six men and six women - by next week to ensure only the best medal hopes will lead the country's medal hopes," he said.
He said to get used to the lane conditions at the venue of the competitions in Jakarta, the 12 players who are selected, would leave to Indonesia on Nov 7.
"We are going early to enable the players to get used to the lane conditions since we heard that the organisers are said to be using two lane patterns - long lanes and short lanes - for the competition," he said.
The SEA Games bowling competitions are scheduled at the Pusat Boling Jaya Ancol, Jakarta from Nov 14 to 20.