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Lawn bowlers await MSN green light for training
Published on: Wednesday, June 03, 2020
By: GL Oh
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Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Lawn Bowls Association (SLBA) will only allow their Sukma athletes to train on the green after they have received the official all clear from Sabah Sports Council (MSN).

Its President Datuk Ladislaus Maluda (pic) in a statement released on Monday said a revised training programme by the State body had already been drawn up for the restart.

“We have come up with our in-house SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) and are currently comparing with the standard SOP drawn up by Sabah Sports Board. Our coaches and athletes will have to strictly abide by this SOP at all times.

“At our meeting conducted via video conferencing recently, we have reached the decision that we will start the on-green training in both Likas and Keningau only after the festive holidays and as soon as we get the formal green light from MSN,” he said.

As a result, he said all the 18 Sukma athletes who are shortlisted will continue to train at home for the time being.

“We have instructed the 18 athletes to work on their respective fitness exercises at home, which are being closely monitored by our coaches.

“Hopefully it will be back to normal training for them soon as our target is to identify our top 12 players with six boys and six girls for the Sukma final squad by October this year.”

Meanwhile, the closure of the training facility since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced in March had severely affected the players training programme.

Nineteen-year-old Muhammad Hafiz Firdaus Afendy who is expected to lead Sabah’s challenge in the biennial Games is only able to do fitness training at home with his younger brother Afif Aiman under the watchful eyes of their father and former international Affendy Tan Abdullah who is also a coach.

He said they have been doing some throwing exercises so that they will not lose their rhythm apart from some running and workout to strengthen their hand muscles in order to maintain their fitness level. 


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