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PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur Tenpin Bowling Association (KLTBA) gave recognition to QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup champion Syafiq Ridwan Abdul Malek and rising star, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail for their excellence per formance, at a recent dinner.
The dinner hosted by KLTBA president Tan Sri Mohamad Noor Abdul Rahim, saw Shafiq and his wife Noraini Ismail and Rafiq and his parents present together with KLTBA deputy-president George Heng, MTBC acting-secretary BC Cheah, MTBC treasurer George Tan, national coach Holloway Cheah and other officials. Also present was Idzawi Raja Ismail, Kuala Lumpur City Hall's Director for Culture, Art, Tourism, and Sports.
In honouring Syafiq, Mohamad Noor in his address said that as a Kuala Lumpurian, he had done the city proud by becoming the first Malaysian to win the Bowling World Cup title in Poland in December.
"We are indeed proud that Syafiq from Kuala Lumpur was the one to win the title for the first time to create history. Syafiq also emerged as a consistent bowler last year, having won the Taiwan International Open and Pesta Penang title for three titles in a row," said Mohamad Noor who is also KLTBA president, MTBC deputy president and vice-president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia.
"We wish him all the best and look forward to him continuing his prowess to win more titles."
Syafiq was presented with a Tag Heuer F1 watch and a Dunhill fountain pen.
The left-handed Rafiq on the other hand, who made a huge impression at the recent WTBA Tour leg's International Championships in Nagoya by finishing third behind Amer ican professionals Tommy Jones and Sean Rash, is indeed a rising star.
A member of the MTBC special squad, Rafiq showed tremendous progress just nine months after he joined the squad in 2010 by winning the Milo International Masters title.
Except for the Singapore Open, he managed to qualify for the stepladder finals in seven competitions last year.
The Malaysia Games gold medallist also finished second in the Kuala Lumpur Open and the Penang Pesta International last year.
"Rafiq is a talented and gifted bowler who has made tremendous progress. As a KL bowler, he too has done us proud," said Mohamad Noor.
"He is still young and has a long way to go and I hope he stays focused and not only becomes a top national bowler, but make waves in the world bowling scene."
Rafiq was awarded a Dunhill roller ball pen.
Both Shafiq and Rafiq said they were honoured to be recognised for their performance by their association and vowed to continue to work even harder and bring many more honours.