KUALA LUMPUR: The national bowlers will play in tournaments outside the continent and also depend on internal roll offs to maintain their competitive edge following the postponement of several Asian Tour events due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) confirmed yesterday that several Asian Tour tournaments up to June have been postponed due to the deadly virus.
The squad will head to Germany for the Brunswick Euro Challenge on March 16-23 while selected bowlers will compete in the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour on Apr 17-May 21.
The four PWBA stops are the Tucson Open, Spokane Open, Sacramento Open and the USBC Queens.
MTBC secretary-general Maradona Chok said the dry season will definitely affect the sharpness of the bowlers.
“Honestly, it will affect the sharpness of the bowlers if they go without high-level competitions for a few months.
“However, this does not affect us alone but the whole of Asia,” said Maradona today.
The Asian Tour events that have been postponed are the H.H.Emir Cup in Doha, Malaysian Open, Thailand Open and the Incheon Open.
The Singapore Open and Philippines Open, both scheduled in June, are also expected to be postponed.
The first major competition of the season is the Asian Championships in Hong Kong on July 4-14.
“We don’t have much choice but to focus on internal roll-offs to keep the bowlers in shape,” Maradona added.