Malaysia has also announced that it will be sending Shalin Zulkifli and Daniel Lim as its representatives. This will be Zulkifli's seventh appearance in the AMF World Cup; she has never finished lower than tied for fifth place. Her best showing came in 1996 in Northern Ireland, where she finished second.
Zulkifli's teammate Lim, like King, is making his first run at the World Cup title. He already has claimed this year's Malaysian Open and is the top ranked male bowler on the ABF Tour through five events.
Del Rosario and Zulkifli are considered strong contenders to wrest the women's crown from defending champion Kerrie Ryan-Ciach of Canada, who will also compete in Singapore. Other previous women's champions who have qualified are Shannon Pluhowsky of the USA (2002) and Martina Beckel of Germany (1992).
With Suarez out of the picture, the men's field is wide open. Early favorites include the 1988 champion Mohammed Khalifa Al-Qubaisi of the UAE; Marcel van den Bosch of the Netherlands, who finished second to Suarez in 2003; and Paul Moor of England, who leads the men's European Bowling Federation rankings
More than 100 countries, including newcomers Afghanistan, Libya, Nigeria, Slovakia and Tajikistan, have pledged to send athletes to the 2004 AMF Bowling World Cup thus far.
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