A snooker player prepares for a shot at the Billiards and Snooker Hall II of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS
BY Fadhil Yunus
Cue sports returned to indoor sports facilities in Brunei Darussalam following the resumption of training activities at the competitive level with strict health and safety protocols in place.
The country’s leading talents have been hitting the tables at their main training base at the Billiards and Snooker Hall II of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
Some 23 players including 17 from pool and six from snooker have been identified in the list of players for cue sports under the guidance of a coach.
The list has also taken interest in the identification of youth talent with six junior players being listed among the 23 players, as well as a sole female representative in pool. At least four players registered for a training session on Tuesday including a national athlete who was selected to take part in a major multi-sport competition in the region late last year.
The cueist, who has also claimed major domestic honours and is a highly profiled player also attended the practice session.
The other three members are relatively new to the pool circuit but have made it into the list, which features mostly fresh faces.
Since the re-opening of indoor and outdoor sports facilities, high-calibre athletes have stepped up their training with the latest registration file – placed near the entrance of the sport facility – showing the frequency of sessions in the last couple weeks.
Track and field athletes have also resumed training at the neighbouring track area of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
Several runners were seen completing laps around the track during a training session in further proof of heightened activity in sports especially at the competitive level.
Meanwhile, athletes specialising in jump events train at their base at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex under the tutelage of a coach.
Karate joined other combat sports including taekwondo in making an appearance at outdoor sports facilities at the Menglait Sports Complex this week following their latest training session on Wednesday.
Elsewhere at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, badminton and wushu athletes continued their training programme.
Table tennis continues to be a popular sport with a growing list of visitors at the Menglait Sports Complex on Wednesday.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin