14 April, 2018, 12:00 am
FIJIAN bowler Aurn Kumar, 57, leaned back on the fence at Broadbeach Bowling Club absorbing the atmosphere while watching the best of Commonwealth Games bowlers in action.
It was qualification rounds for the quarter-finals and the last of sectional plays.
Kumar had dropped out of the singles quarter-finals after losing three matches and winning two.
Results: Wins: Kumar 21 – 3 Nadrew Newell (Jamaica), Kumar 21- 5 Cephas Kimiwaki Kimani (Kenya). Losses: Kumar 11 – 21 Krishna Xalxoli, Kumar 13 – 21 Rpbert Paxton (England), Kuar 15 – 21 Shannon McIlroy (New Zealand).
“I am out and I faced tough opponents in this Commonwealth Games,” he said.
“Now, as a spectator, it gives me a chance to lean back and watch and learn how some of these players play. These are the best from the Commonwealth Games and they come from different backgrounds. For us from Fiji, we have a lot of difficulties but we have good bowlers . We need help if we are to be really competitive in these games.”
Kumar, like rugby league sensation Etonia Nabuli, was a hotel potter in Nadi befire he found fame in sports.
Never in his dreams, from the sugarcane farming background he was born in, did he dream that one day, even after his retirement that he would be an international athlete.
He is a veteran of the quadrennial event.