Zulkifli and Öhman inducted to World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame

    01/21/05

    WBW News

    Re-published courtesy of WBW Worldletter-Plus

    2005EBT09AndersOhman.jpg 2004WCSINShalinZulkifli.jpg Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia and Sweden's Anders Öhman are the two new inductees to the 2004 WBW International Bowling Hall of Fame.

    Zulkifli, 26, from Kuala Lumpur, a graduate in sports psychology, has been a dominant force in international bowling for many years, currently topping the Asian zone rankings, and has won ten HoF qualifying medals world-wide. She was Malaysian national champion as far back as 1992 at the tender age of 14, then again in 2001-2003. Last year, Shalin was runner-up to Diandra Asbaty in the 2004 World Ranking Masters in Moscow.

    BJI's European editor Keith Hale made the trophy presentation to Zulkifli during the press conference of the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 12. Zulkifli commented afterwards, "I feel very honored and humbled to have received this award. It was always one of my personal goals to be inducted but I never thought it would happen as there are so many great bowlers out there. I would like to dedicate this to my parents and country as I would not have achieved it without their support. This will be something that I will cherish for ever. Thank you so much."

    Öhman, 36, from Stockholm, who also has talent as a ski jumper, clinched three gold medals in the 2003 WTBA World Championships in Malaysia and also that year won the World Ranking Masters in Lake Wales, Florida. Other notches in his belt include the European Championships Masters and the Malta Open in 2001; the Vienna Open in 2003 and a pair of recent Super Six titles.

    Öhman had a very brief spell as a PBA member at the close of 2003 but has now regained his amateur status. He qualified in third place in the 2004 European rankings for the World Ranking Masters at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, later this year. The presentation will be made to Öhman during an upcoming European ranking tournament by Hans Karlsson, WBW European Zone vice-president.