MANILA – Vietnam SEA Games double-gold medalist Merwin Tan will banner the Philippine campaign in the International Bowling Federation (IBF) World Cup scheduled from Nov. 13 to 23 at the Suncity Bowl in Queensland, Australia.
The other members of the team are Jordan Dinham, Emerson Gotencio, Kenneth Chua, Lara Posadas-Wong, Mades Arles, Krizziah Lyn Tabora-Macatula and Rachelle Leon. They will be accompanied by Jojo Canare and Biboy Rivera.
Tan ended the country's 11-year gold medal drought in bowling when he ruled the men's singles event last May in Hanoi. It was the same event won by Frederick Ong in the 2011 edition held in Indonesia.
He collected his second gold medal in the team of four event with Ian Dychangco, Patrick Nuqui and Ivan Malig.
Tan will be making his third appearance in the World Cup. He finished 11th in Las Vegas (2018) and Indonesia (2019).
Tabora-Macatula won the World Cup title in Mexico (2017), making her the fifth Filipino to lift the trophy after Paeng Nepomuceno (Iran, 1976; Indonesia, 1980; France, 1992; Ireland, 1996), Lita dela Rosa (Colombia, 1978), Bong Coo (Thailand, 1979) and Christian Jan Suarez (Honduras, 2003).
The best tenpin bowlers in the world are expected to join the biennial event presented by QubicaAMF. (PNA)