BRUKAF Operations Vice President Mohammad Ladis (R) with winners of the BRUKAF Children Age Group and Cadet Karatedo Championship 2016 six-year-old category on Sunday. Picture: Courtesy of BRUKAF
BY NADZIRAH MALEK-WEBB
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - BRUNEI Karate Federation (BRUKAF) technical vice-president Shihan Hj Malai Mohammed Hj Malai Othman yesterday thanked parents for their support at Sunday’s BRUKAF Children Age Group and Cadet Karatedo Championship 2016.
A total of 50 participants competed in the annual one-day tournament at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. The event was divided into two categories; kata and kumite for boys and girls aged six to 15 years old.
“On behalf of BRUKAF, I would like to thank the parents for their support in the recent championship. Without them, the tournament would not have been a success,” said Hj Malai Mohammed in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
“We had a very positive tournament and we hope we can organise similar competitions on a quarterly basis instead of once a year to keep track of these youngsters' progress.
“After all, these youngsters are the country’s future karatekas.
“Any form of support from the ministry (Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports), the public and schools play a very crucial role for a sport to flourish in the country,” he added.
Hj Malai Mohammad also said the tournament helped BRUKAF identify several young talent who have the potential to break into the national team.
“Our main objective was to recruit young talented karatekas to be trained by national karate coach Hj Okhida Simangasing for future international tournaments, and judging from Sunday’s event, we have successfully identified several youngsters,” said Hj Malai Mohammed.
“Of course it will take time, but to be successful in karate or any other sport, one has to start as young as possible – which is why we organise tournaments like these for children as young as six years old,” he added.
When asked about the current national team, Hj Malai Mohammed said that the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports has yet to confirm the names of the athletes who will be competing in the 16th SUKMA (Sukan Malaysia) Games to be held in Kuching, Malaysia in July.
-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times