NEW CROWNED World Cup champion Krizziah Lyn Tabora arrived Tuesday night from Hermosillo, Mexico, still in disbelief of her conquest of the prestigious Quibica AMF Bowling Cup.
“Hindi ko po talaga inaasahan na mananalo ako dito, I just went there to enjoy and play my game,” said the 26-year-old, who joined an elite list of Filipino World Cup titlists.
Tabora was given a victory party at the Manila Polo Club by her teammates and coaches Paeng Nepomuceno and Bong Coo in the Philippine Bowling Federation, as well as by supporters including Putch Puyat of Puyat Sports and Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco.
“It’s been a good year and sana magtuluy-tuloy po,” added the rising star who, earlier in the year bagged the bronze in the ladies’ team event in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia and the singles’ silver in the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan.
Tabora, who beat Malaysia Siti Safiyah in the finals, became the fifth Filipino bowler to win the title, along with Nepomuceno, Coo, Lita de la Rosa and CJ Suarez.
Nepomuceno is now the head of the men’s and women’s national team, while Coo was appointed team manager with her position as chairperson of national team’s affairs.
Tabora, however, is not expected to receive cash incentives if the National Athletes Cash Incentives Act of 2001 is to be strictly followed.
Unlike other world championships, bowling’s World Cup does not fall under the category of major competitions that are entitled to cash incentives from the Philippines Sports Commission.
Under the law, gold medalists in world-level championships that are held at least every two years with the participation of at least 45 countries, stand to receive P1 million in cash rewards.
The World Cup of bowling is held every year, but Nepomuceno said it is probably the sport with the biggest number of participation by member countries. This year had 68 competing countries.
Coo said they would appeal to the PSC chairman William Ramirez for consideration.
“Hopefully, kahit papano mabigyan naman ng incentives na magagamit pa rin ni Krizziah for further training,” said Coo.
The former World Cup titlist said elite bowlers need expensive equipment nowadays unlike before “when we only rely on our skills to win in competitions. Now, we bring at least 10 balls. We also purchased an expensive oiling machine that we use for different specifications of the tournament.”
Coo said Tabora will join the national team that will leave for the World Championship next week and that means only a few days of rest for the World Cupper, who now ranks third in the world.
Tabora has a total of 8799 points behind top-ranking Jenny Wegner of Sweden (8914) and second-running Rocio Restrepo (8838) of Colombia. Siti is at fourth with 8676.
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