Faustina Woo Wai Sii (L) and
Lee YingShi in action during
last month's Southeast Asian
(SEA) Games in Jakarta. The
national wushu team will be
in action during the Dec 15-18
ASEAN-China Wushu Festival
in Nanning, China.Picture: BT file
The wushu national team will be looking to end the year on a high.
The Wushu Federation of Brunei Darussalam (WFBD) sent eight athletes to compete in the ASEAN-China Wushu Festival in Nanning, China.
More importantly, there are some new faces on the squad with the youngest at nine years old.
It is hoped that they will be able to gain more exposure and experience at the Dec 15-18 competition.
"We're sending a few new athletes because they need the experience of competition. We don't know the level of the competition because the other countries might not be sending their best to compete," said Li Hui before their departure at the Brunei International Airport in Berakas yesterday.
"We will try our best at bringing some medals back. We would also like to thank the government, BHC (Butra HeidelbergCement Sdn Bhd) and others for their support in making wushu progress faster in the country," added Li.
The duo of Faustina Woo Wai Sii and Lee YingShi finished the duilian (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) event just 0.01 points behind gold medalist Singapore, who beat them to gold in Laos two years ago, at the recently concluded Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Jakarta last month.
The national coach believes that Brunei's standard is not far off despite having only been in the sport for four years compared to Singapore, who have been practising wushu for some 17 years.
"We are quite close in terms of standard and I'm happy with that. Winning the silver medal was already a very good result but we still have plenty to work on and we shall work harder," said the Chinese national.
The team had a four-day break after the SEA Games and the duo will once again feature in the duilian event in China.
"Our confidence is high except we don't know the level of competition that will be present since this is the first time we are going. But we are definitely looking to comeback with a medal," said Lee.
Changquan (long fist) and daoshu (sword) are the two other events that Lee will participate in while Woo will see action in nanquan (southern fist) and nandao (southern broad sword).
Karyn Ho Chia Yin will compete in changquan and jianshu (swordplay) while Ang Guat Lian in taijijian (Taiji double-edged sword) and taijiquan (Taiji fist).
The nine-year-old Dk Nur Wardina Pg Hj Aji will make her debut in changquan and qiangshu (spear).
The trio of brothers Md Sufi Shayiran, Mohammad Adi Sya'rani and Mohammad Adi Salihan Roslan complete the squad.
Md Sufi Shayiran will see action in nanquan and nandao, Mohammad Adi Sya'rani in changquan and jianshu and Mohammad Adi Salihan in changquan and daoshu.
Countries from the region expected to be at the meet include the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
Exponents from Germany and France are also expected to compete.
Courtesy from Brunei Times