Alihan Muda, one of the
athletes representing Brunei
at the 6th Asean Para Games
in Indonesia. Picture: BT
Brunei were the first contingent to arrive in Solo, Indonesia, for the 6th Asean Para Games.
The official website of the Asean Para Games said Brunei athletes and officials, who arrived in Indonesia on Sunday, were the earliest to arrive for the Dec 15-22 event.
Chef de mission for the Brunei team at the Games, Hj Rosmadee Hj Md Daud, had previously said that they are aiming for at least four gold medals at the biennial tournament.
Malaysia's paralympic contingent, meanwhile, are targeting to deliver 57 gold medals at the Games.
Malaysian contingent chief Datuk Borhan Dollah said the sports identified as potential gold-medal contributors were athletics (30), swimming (eight), badminton (six), tenpin bowling (six), powerlifting (two), table tennis (two), archery (two) and wheelchair tennis (one).
"Sports such as athletics and swimming are the main strength of the Malaysian contingent. However, we are only targeting our volleyball team to reach the final while in goalball it will be tough going to obtain a gold. We are not taking part in chess," he told Bernama last week.
Borhan said the target of 57 gold medals was lower compared to the fifth games in 2009 in Kuala Lumpur because the host country did not offer many sport events with gold medal prospects for Malaysia.
"Only 11 events are offered compared to 14 sports in the 2009 Games. Sailing, a potential gold-medal prospect, is not offered as Indonesia does not think it can excel in that sport," he said.
At the 2009 Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were runners-up in the overall medal tally, clinching 94 gold, 81 silver and 71 bronze medals behind Thailand who collected 157 gold, 75 silver and 57 bronze medals.
Courtesy from Brunei Times