Bowler Adrian Ang fired up to prove a point by Rajes Paul

    10/27/06

    Malaysia

    Republished courtesy of The Malaysian Star Online (Oct. 26, 2006)

    Adrian_Ang_5011.jpg Youngster Adrian Ang (left) is all fired up to prove a point in the AMF World Cup after being sidelined from two major bowling tournaments this year.

    Siti_Safiyah_5274.jpg The 18-year-old Adrian and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman (right) are the Malaysian representatives in the men's and women's competitions respectively in Caracas from Nov 4-10.

    Adrian, who is the youngest national champion, was not selected for the World Championships in South Korea in August and the upcoming Asian Games in Doha in December.

    In fact, he will get to compete in the World Cup because the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) opted not to select one of their current top six bowlers.

    The task for Alex Liew, Daniel Lim, Aaron Kong, Ben Heng, Azidi Ameran and Zulmazran Zulkifli is to concentrate on preparing for the Asiad.

    And Adrian is determined to justify his selection for the World Cup.

    "There is happiness and sadness for me. I was looking forward to competing in the two major championships this year but I was not selected. It was disappointing," said the Penangite.

    Last year, Adrian also did not make the cut for the Manila SEA Games.

    However, he can take comfort that his omissions from the major championships were not for poor results this year but for keen competition to get among the top six bowlers in the national team.

    Besides the national titles he won in January, he was in the team who took the gold medal in the Asian Championships in Jakarta in August.

    He was also a member of the silver medal-winning team at the World Youth Championships in Germany.

    "I am glad that the MTBC gave me this chance to compete in the World Cup for the very first time. I will be out to give my best shot in this prestigious tournament," said Adrian.

    On his chances in the World Cup, Adrian said: "The best bowlers in the world will be there but I will not let them intimidate me. First, I will aim to make the cut of 24. It will be a greatest achievement if I can finish among the top eight."

    The bowlers will bowl a total of 24 games over three days and the top 24 advance to the second stage of another eight games to decide the eight quarter-finalists.

    Since the championships' inception in 1965, Malaysia's best efforts were runner-up finishes by Michael Chuah (Mexico, 1983) and Shalin Zulkifli (Northern Ireland, 1996).