SEPANG: National bowling coach Holloway Cheah believes the sky is the limit as far as Rafiq Ismail is concerned, but the veteran trainer is also placing an emphasis on strength in depth.
The national squad achieved their best ever performance after winning two golds via Rafiq Ismail in the singles, and Adrian Ang-Tun Hakim Tun Hasnul Azam at the World Bowling Championship in Hong Kong last week.
Malaysia, however, failed to make the cut in the team event.
"We definitely did very well, out of six golds (on offer), we won two golds and our youngsters did really well," said Holloway when met upon the national team's return at Kuala Lumpur International Airport today (Thursday).
"But if you look closely, we did well in singles and doubles but do need to improve on our team’s strength.
"We need to do something to improve as other countries are catching up with us. Everyone (rival countries) has their own programmes and are showing improvements.
"We need to relook our programme and see where we can make improvements so that we do not fall behind."
Holloway, 75, added that there is still so much for Rafiq to achieve in the sport despite having already won five Sea Games golds, an Asian Championship gold, an Asian Games gold, and now a World Championship gold.
"There is still so much for him to win. He won the singles in Hong Kong but he didn't win the masters which is more prestigious,” added Holloway.
"There are also so many PBA Tournaments he has yet to win, if he goes to the United States and bowls with them (US bowlers) I believe he can win."
Holloway revealed that playing in more tournaments in the United States is the plan for Rafiq next year. It will all however depend on the funding available for Rafiq .