BY Fadhil Yunus
An army of local running enthusiasts who recently participated in the prestigious Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon (BUTM) 2020 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah have made their final appearance in an international running event amid the newly enforced travel ban in light of the COVID-19 situation.
The local runners garnered public attention following their insistence to proceed with the competition despite the increased risk of contracting the virus.
With the knowledge that there were Bruneians in the Kota Kinabalu race, the Ministry of Health issued a statement for all participants to report to the Port Health Unit in all ports of entry including the Brunei International Airport and has also instructed them to undergo a 14-day self-isolation.
Following Sunday’s announcement that citizens and residents are barred from travelling, there will be no competitive races overseas at least until further notice.
Over the years, the country has also hosted several trail running events. Since the ban on mass gatherings and sporting events came into effect last week, there will be no local running events.
One of the international running events that have been lined up this year which is likely to be postponed includes the Poon Choi Run in Hong Kong.
This year’s regional trail running calendar includes the Kadamaian Adventure Race on August 8, The Most Beautiful Thing (TMBT) Run on August 29, Lucky Clover Relay on September 13 and the Labuan Bird Park Eco Ultra Marathon on October 3.
Before the ban on mass gatherings was enforced, the country was scheduled to host the Brunei Darussalam Ultra Trail Marathon (BDUTM) on October 10 before the calendar concludes with the Beaufort Ultra Marathon on November 15.
The Sabah running community has also been advised to get themselves screened.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin