Top Malaysian Youth Bowler Passes Away At Age 20

Today, I read with deep regret the sudden demise of one of our country’s most promising youth bowlers. Ivy and I have known Beng Khai since his early bowling days in Penang. Malaysia has lost a great talent. Our condolences to his family.

Read the article below that was carried by Starsports.

By Shamsul Fitri-Starsports
SERDANG: The national bowling fraternity suffered a shocking loss with the demise of youth bowler Khoo Beng Khai (pic) yesterday.

khoobengkhaiThe 20-year-old was believed to have suffered a heart attack while dri­ving his car into the parking lot at the National Sports Council (NSC) athletes’ residence in Bukit Jalil. He was returning from supper with three other national bowlers – Muhd Nur Aiman Khairuddin, Aris Ardila Santosoh and Johnathan Chan – at about 11.45 on Wednesday.

He was rushed to the Serdang Hos­pital but was pronounced dead at 1.15am yesterday.

“This is a tragic loss to the country and to the bowling fraternity, espcially. We have lost a good young talent,” said NSC director general Datuk Zolkples Embong when met at the hospital yesterday.

The Penang-born Beng Khai was easily recognisable on the lanes with his powerful style of play and his ever-cheerful disposition.

The youngest child of Khoo Hean Seah and Ooi Ai Ngoh was touted by many as one of the youth bowlers to watch out for.

In the Asian Youth Championships in Kuwait in January last year, Beng Khai was instrumental in the team’s success. Together with Aris, Johnathan and Syimir Abdul Razak, he propelled the team to take the gold.

He then grabbed the bronze with Aris in the doubles.

Beng Khai then went on to bag the International Junior All-Stars Champ­ion­ships title here last December.

Promoted to the now defunct back-up squad early this year, Beng Khai went on to win the Youth Open category of the Malaysian Open in May.

Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) secretary general Sidney Tung said that Beng Khai had not shown any signs of illnesses before.

“In fact, when all of them went for their routine medical check-up two months ago, Beng Khai was given a clean bill of health by the doctors at the National Sports Institute,” he said. “He was even invited for the roll-off to select bowlers for the Indonesia SEA Games but he just missed out by a spot.”

The last rites for Beng Khai will be held at the Mount Erskine Crema­to­rium in Penang at 2pm tomorrow.


Related stories about Khoo Beng Khai can be accessed here:

– Jonathan –

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