BY Fadhil Yunus
Track and field is one of the latest sports to resume training activities at outdoor sports facilities with strict health and safety protocols in place in accordance with the latest Ministry of Health’s (MoH) guidelines.
The country’s athletes completed several laps around the track during a training session at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium since the resumption of competitive training on Thursday.
An athletics coach oversaw the training session in further signs of heightened activity in sports.
With the country entering the fourth phase of the de-escalation plan, several sports have already resumed training with the country’s elite returning to sports facilities nationwide.
Training for junior players were observed particularly in badminton and karate, while top names in pencak silat and wushu have also reported for training. All sports also ensured that training is conducted in compliance with safe distancing measures.
Brunei Darussalam’s fencers sharpened their footwork skill movements through jumping drills and skipping exercises without their swords at the fencing hall.
The local martial arts scene has been active with training activities with taekwondo added to the list. They have conducted several training sessions at the Menglait Sports Complex.
Local football club DPMM FC have trained in groups of five players without using the ball.
The earlier stages of the club’s return in training focussed on long-distance running, before working on their sharpness in the coming weeks guided by training equipment.
Starting on July 27, football clubs will be allowed training in groups of 10 and allowed to use the ball.
The re-opening of sports facilities and centres have also led to the return of enthusiasts in the recreational scene including sports such as golf, ten-pin bowling, squash, tennis, table tennis and cue sports.
Tennis enthusiasts saw a jump from a dozen to around 30 individuals in the space of a month at the National Tennis Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.
Consistent with other indoor and outdoor sports facilities, posters of preventive measures against COVID-19 are displayed near the entrance of the Billiards and Snooker Hall II of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
Individuals are also required to register their attendance in a registration book upon entering and exiting the facility.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin