Acting Head of Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education Ali Yusri bin Abdul Ghafoor in a group photo with the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) contingent after their arrival at the Brunei International Airport. – AK ZAKI KASHARAN
BY Fadhil Yunus
A CONTINGENT from the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) comprising nine athletes received a warm welcome following their sporting heroics at the Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 14-21.
Present to greet the contingent’s arrival was Acting Head of Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education Ali Yusri bin Abdul Ghafoor.
Brunei Darussalam amassed a total of one gold, two silver and four bronze medals (six medals in athletics and one in the dance sports category).
Muhammad Haziman Azrul bin Muhd Nuruddin brought home the gold medal in the male 200m run after he recorded a time of 25.43s.
Dayangku Nur Amal Rashidah binti Pengiran Abdul Rahman and Hizam Budiman anak Kasin clinched the silver medal in the female 200m run and male shot put respectively.
Dayangku Nur Amal Rashidah posted a time of 34.88s while Hizam Budiman recorded a distance of 6.76m and 7.01m.
The bronze medallists are Amal Farwizah binti Haji Ibrahim in female shot put, Hizam Budiman in male 200m run, Nurhafizatul Irdina binti Saini in the female 200m run and the Brunei MIB Team in the team category of dance sports.
The trio of Awangku Md Nur Rahmaniruddin bin Pengiran Abdul Rahman, Nur Syamimi Asqina binti Safieh and Muhammad Faiz bin Awang Sapar were awarded the fourth place ribbon for their efforts in the male 200m run, female long jump and singles bowling respectively.Brunei’s gold medallist Muhammad Haziman Azrul and Syamsiah binti Takong were also presented a sixth place ribbons for their performances in the male 100m run and bowling singles, respectively.
Awangku Md Nur Rahmaniruddin and Nur Hafizahirdina binti Saini were also presented a seventh place ribbon for their efforts in the male 100m run and the female 100m run, respectively.
Brunei’s bronze medallist Amal Farwizah and Nur Syamimi Asqina were also awarded an eighth place ribbon for their efforts in the female 100m run and female shot put, respectively.
Head of the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam Contingent Wati binti Haji Bujang said, “In the athletics event, we took part in the 100m, 200m, shot put and long jump while in the bowling event we joined the singles category. We also joined the dance sports event for the first time.”
“Insya Allah, we will compete in the upcoming World Special Olympics Games. This is the fourth time that we are participating after Shanghai, Athens and Los Angeles.”
“The athletes will be given continuous training after the Games. It is one of the goals of Special Olympics whereby the athletes will be given training throughout the year,” she continued.
Asked how their performances were against competitors from the rest of the world, she replied, “Alhamdulillah, the athletes are heroes and champions. The athletes broke their personal records.”
The next World Special Olympics Games, which is held every four years, is in Berlin, Germany in 2023.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin