(Top) Brunei Darussalam National
Olympic Council president His
Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri
Bolkiah during yesterday's Ministry
of Culture, Youth and Sports'
national selection and evaluation
committee meeting to finalise the
sports in which the Sultanate will
compete in this year's edition of the
SEA Games. (Above) Members of
the ministry of Culture, Youth and
Sport's national selection and
evaluation committee during
yesterdays meeting. Pictures: BT/
Yee Chun Leong
Just wait a little longer as the answers will soon be revealed.
The Sultanate is inching ever closer on naming the athletes that will compete at November's Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Indonesia.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports' national selection and evaluation committee met yesterday to finalise the sports with the dateline for entry by name to the said competition approaching at the end of this month.
The meeting was held at the Conference Room of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas and was attended by Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BNOC) president His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah.
The Department of Youth and Sports had announced in April that 11 sports 10-pin bowling, cue sports, cycling, fencing, karate-do, pencak silat, petanque, sepak takraw, softball, taekwondo and wushu were shortlisted to make the cut for the Nov 11-22 biennial tournament in Indonesia.
The national selection and evaluation committee, who are in charge of deciding which athletes represent Brunei in any contingent the Sultanate sends to regional and international tournaments, had met twice in a span of two weeks in April to decide on the sports.
The first meeting was held on April 9 and the second on April 19.
Apart from staff from the Department of Youth and Sports, the committee is also made up of officials from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces' Sports Council (MS ABDB), Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) and the Schools Sports Council (MSSS).
The support for the sports is dependent on the ministry's approval based on five important criteria that each athlete must possess; passing fitness tests, achievements in regional and international championships and increased performances during training, potential to win medals, satisfactory attendance and discipline.
In the last edition of the multi-sports event, Brunei sent 24 athletes in six sports to the 2009 Laos SEA Games.
The six sports were cue sports, karate, pencak silat, sepak takraw and taekwondo.
The committee finalised the names of the athletes and sports for the 2009 SEA Games on Sept 10, three months before the Dec 9-18 tournament where they finished with one gold, one silver and eight bronze medals.
Silat exponent Hj Md Khairul Bahrin Hj Duraman delivered the Sultanate's only gold when he topped the men's tunggal event, his first trip to the top of the podium after 10 years in the national team.
The duo of Faustina Woo Wai Sii and Lee YingShi won Brunei's sole silver medal in the women's Duilian (doubles broadsword and spear) event.
The bronze medals came from karate-do (four), silat (three) and wushu (one).
Courtesy from Brunei Times