(L-R) Swimmer Anderson Lim
Chee Wei, chess player Yee
Soon Wei and cueist Ahmad
Taufiq Murni posing for a
photo at the Brunei
International Airport prior
to leaving for the 4th Asian
Indoor & Martial Arts Games
in Incheon yesterday. Picture:
BT/ Jason Thomas
Brunei's athletes for the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games are looking forward to the challenge ahead in what will be the Sultanate's first major tournament of the year.
The country will be represented by swimmer Anderson Lim Chee Wei, cueist Ahmad Taufiq Murni and chess player Yee Soon Wei at the June 29-July 6 multi-sport event in Incheon, South Korea where all 45 Olympic Council Asia members are expected to compete.
Speaking to The Brunei Times prior to leaving from the Brunei International Airport for a connecting flight to Singapore, Taufiq admitted the upcoming event is bringing back some memories of his last international assignment, the 2011 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Jakarta.
"I'm kind of nervous but it's the same feeling I had before I went to the SEA Games," he grinned.
"Hopefully I'll play a better game now and perform better than I've done in previous tournaments.
"The draw came out yesterday (Monday) but I'm not sure who I'll be playing yet.
"It'll be the same as the SEA Games where the strongest teams are from the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore... It's just that in South Korea, other powerhouses like China, Chinese Taipei and Japan will be playing as well," added Taufiq, who is arguably the country's biggest talent in the sport.
Taufiq took part in the 8-ball and 9-ball singles events in Indonesia but will only be competing in the latter in South Korea.
There will be no doubles events in cue sports, and the lack of a wide range of events only 12 sports are on offer was a topic that Lim also touched on.
The long-distance specialist, who became the country's first Olympian swimmer when he took to the Aquatics Centre at last year's London Olympics, will be swimming the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly next week - all of which are going to be in a short-course (25m) pool.
"These are shorter distances... 200m is the longest event on offer at the Games," said Lim last week.
"I haven't tried swimming the 100m freestyle in a short-course pool for a while, but I like to try new things.
"Lately I've been swimming in short-course pools at the Aquatics Centre (at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas) and at home.
"I've also been training in Kota Kinabalu at the Sea Dragon Swimming Club... I did more sprinting there and that has definitely helped me prepare for the Games," he added.