The sixth batch of Brunei Darussalam contingent in a group photo. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS
BY Fadhil Yunus
The sixth batch of the Brunei Darussalam’s contingent involving 16 people left the country on Sunday to participate in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, the Philippines.
The latest batch of athletes will compete in fencing, billiards, aquatics and golf. The group also comprised one communications officer.
Brunei’s Hajah Anis Sabrina binti Haji Yahya will compete in the women’s individual event in fencing. Hajah Anis, who bagged silver in the ASEAN Fencing Championship earlier this year, will be accompanied by an armourer and national coach.
In billiards, it will be another appearance in the SEA Games for Ahmad Taufiq bin Murni, while Muhammad Azim bin Abu Bakar will make his debut. The duo will be joined by a national coach.
The golf athletes will be represented by young talents Mohd Aritz Maldini bin Haji Abdul Majid, Awangku Muhd Syakir bin Pengiran Haji Alli and Zul Hilmi bin Rosli. The quartet is accompanied by a team manager and coach.
In the aquatics event, swimmers Nur Haziq bin Samil and Muhammad Isa bin Ahmad are accompanied by a team manager and national coach.
Brunei will participate in 14 sports including aquatics, athletics, billiards sports, fencing, football, golf, karatedo, lawn bowls, pencak silat, polo, taekwondo, tenpin bowling and wushu.
National athletes who competed in the polo, netball and football events were the first to arrive in the Philippines. The next batches were pencak silat, lawn bowls, wushu, athletics and tenpin bowling athletes.
Brunei Darussalam first competed in the SEA Games in 1977 and as of on Sunday have obtained 12 gold medals, 51 silver and 178 bronze. Their best achievement was a haul of four gold medals, 12 silver and 32 bronze when Brunei was the host in 1999.
During the previous edition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the national contingent amassed 14 medals overall including five silver medals and nine bronze through wushu, lawn bowls, pencak silat, sepak takraw, netball, karatedo and polo.
Acting Director of Youth and Sports Zainab binti Haji Morshidi bade the contingent farewell at the Brunei International Airport.
The final group, who will represent the country in karatedo and taekwondo events, will leave for the Philippines on December 4.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin