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Malaysian lawn bowls star Siti Zalina Ahmad excited about being Commonwealth Games flag-bearer

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Malaysian lawn bowls star Siti Zalina Ahmad has two things to look forward to at the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. One is a hat-trick in the lawn bowls singles event and the other the honour of carrying her nation's flag at the Opening Ceremony.

"This is a great opportunity for me to get three straight Commonwealth Games golds," Zalina said. "The competition is going to be extremely tough, with some of the best lawn bowl players from Scotland, England, South Africa and also India being in the competition."

Zalina expects quite a good performance from the Malaysian squad. "We have three members in the women's team and three in the men's squad. That basically means we are in the run for six gold medals and we will try to win as many as possible."

"Our contingent would be really looking at ten gold medals. We have a great chance in men's badminton and women's squash, as we have the world's top player in both events," she adds.

Zalina had begun her lawn bowls Commonwealth Games career as a 15-year-old, winning a bronze in the threes event in her home Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. Thereafter she went on to win golds at Manchester (2002) and Melbourne (2006).

Zalina, who recovered from a minor surgery recently to make it to the Commonwealth Games squad, is thrilled about carrying the country's flag at the Opening Ceremony. "It is a great honour. Lawn bowls isn't a very popular game in Malaysia so this is indeed great," says the 31-year-old.

The Games Village, especially the International Zone, has impressed the athlete. "I really like the International Zone. There is a lot of stuff to do here. The amphitheatre is also great and I love the cultural shows there."

While lawn bowls keep her occupied most of the time, Zalina also finds time for hockey and netball. But "only for fun", she says with a smile.