National bowler Rafiq targets 2017 SEA Games triumph

Malaysian bowler Rafiq Ismail aims to claim more victories after his impressive Singapore SEA Games performances that earned him the award for country’s most promising athlete.

The 18 year-old took home three gold and a silver medal from Singapore and insists that he still needs to work on himself to maintain the same level, especially since Malaysia will be the host in two years time.

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“It’s not easy to receive the award and I’m truly blessed. It pushes me to work harder.”

“Everyone can bowl, but there is a certain technique that needs to be applied when it comes to competitions. I have already started my preparations for SEA Games 2017,” he told Harian Metro.

However, as hosts this time around, Rafiq feels that the national athletes will have an upper hand against their opponents.

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On the other hand, Rafiq has also expressed his disappointment for failing to register a good outing in the World Bowling Open Championships which took place in Japan last month.

Rafiq was halted in the earlier rounds, in the event which involved 130 participants from 52 countries.

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