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Farewell for Nippon Badminton Association players

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports YB Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof (5th R) and spouse, Datin Hjh Kalshom Hj Suhaili (4th R), Japan Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Noriko Iki (5th L) along with the Japanese badminton players and coach in a group photo during a farewell reception for the Brunei-Japan Badminton Exchange Programme to commemorate the 70th Birthday Celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. The reception was held at Indera Kayangan Ballroom, The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Jerudong, yesterday. Picture: BT/Zaim Kasmat


BY AZMI ZAINAL

BRUNEI-MUARA - MEMBERS of the Nippon Badminton Association were given a warm send-off yesterday with a farewell reception at The Empire Hotel & Country Club by the Japanese Embassy in Brunei. The world ranked players who were accompanied by General Manager of the Japanese National Badminton Team Yoshinori Uematsu will be leaving for Japan today after being in the country and participating in the Brunei-Japan Badminton Exchange in commemoration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 70th birthday celebrations. During their stay, the delegation were involved in a series of events including two days of practice matches against Brunei’s national team players as well as holding coaching sessions with students and visits to several schools and national landmarks, a press statement said.

In her welcome remarks at the reception, Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Noriko Iki highlighted that the recent exchange was also part of the “Sport for Tomorrow” initiative. The initiative, which is headed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is looking to promote sports to over 10 million people in over 100 countries until the year 2020 when Japan will host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Iki also expressed her gratitude to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Brunei National Badminton Association for their collaboration in organising the exchange and hoped that it has not only enhanced the country’s enthusiasm towards badminton and sport in general, especially in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but also continue to build on the strong friendship between the two countries. Present as the guest of honour during the farewell reception was Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Md Yusof, who also presented the delegation with tokens of appreciation.

-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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