BY Fadhil Yunus
The Brunei Darussalam contingent will embark on a fresh challenge at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, the Philippines, to improve the country’s sporting records from that of the previous edition.
Brunei is represented by 87 athletes in 14 disciplines: athletics, aquatics, tenpin bowling, wushu, pencak silat, netball, lawn bowls, polo, football, fencing, taekwondo, karatedo, billiards sports and golf. The national contingent took part in the polo, football and netball events, which were the first sports to be contested before the opening ceremony.
His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen and Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah led Brunei with back-to-back victories in the 4-6 high goal event in polo. The team will look to bring home the bronze medal when they face Indonesia on December 1.
The national contingent is assured of at least a bronze in the netball event led by Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah, after the Brunei team secured victory against the Philippines to advance to the semifinals.
Brunei lawn bowlers will be among those looking for gold after a close shave in the previous edition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
An exciting blend of youth and experience, the Brunei team will bank on seasoned athletes Amaliah binti Haji Matali and Esmawandy binti Brahim, who will be keen to go one step better after their impressive exploits in the women’s singles and doubles, respectively.
Their ambition will be shared by Norafizah binti Haji Matossen, who was part of the team that won bronze in the women’s triples two years ago.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin