Mohd Sufi Shayiran
Roslan (L) during a
while national wushu
coach Li Hui looks
on at the
of the Menglait
Picture: BT file
Brothers Md Sufi Shayiran, Md Adi Sya'rani, Md Adi Salihin and Md Safiee Shayferan Roslan are set to celebrate Hari Raya away from home for the first time.
The quartet is set to represent Brunei at the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships in Manila from August 8-11.
Instead of celebrating in Brunei, their parents Roslan Jamaluddin and Salmah Roslan decided to book tickets to travel together with them and catch them in action at the Makati Coliseum.
Roslan wanted the family to spend time together during the festive season and is looking forward to the trip.
"We wanted to travel together because it is Raya. We also want to be able to provide the best support for them there," said Roslan in an interview with The Brunei Times before departure at the Brunei International Airport in Berakas.
This is the third time that Salmah will get to watch her kids in action and she is hoping that they will be able to come up with good results.
"We want to support them in person and I hope that they will be able to win some medals," said Salmah.
"Training has been challenging considering it has been Ramadhan.
"But they will have to be focused throughout their events even though it may be Raya," added their mother.
Oldest brother Sufi, 15, is glad to have his family alongside him for the tournament and he is hoping to do well.
"This is the first time that I will be celebrating Raya outside of Brunei and I'm excited about it and feel glad that I'll have my family there with me," said Md Sufi Shayiran, who will compete in nanquan (southern fist), nandao (southern broad sword) and nangun (southern cudgel).
"My aim is to finish well especially for the nanquan event. I think that I have the best chance for that event.
"Training has been difficult for the past month but I will put up my best effort while I'm there," continued Md Sufi Shayiran.
The trio of Ang Guat Lian, Nur Batrisyia Ripin and Dk Nur Wardinna Pg Hj Aji complete the team at the biennial tournament.
The team have been training year-long and underwent six sessions per week during Ramadhan.The team have been training year-long and underwent six sessions per week during Ramadhan.
National wushu coach Li Hui had previously said that he was not thinking about medals but instead is hoping that his athletes will be able to pick up as much knowledge as possible.
"This is a big tournament and our aim is to groom these young athletes," said Li in a previous report in The Brunei Times.
"My target is for them to gain as much as experience as possible.
"It will be good exposure for them and it should be an eye-opener," he added.
"I hope they will be able to see their weaknesses and learn from them.
"We will compare and observe the others who will be competing and I hope that it gives them the motivation to get better," continued the Chinese national.
Brunei returned with one gold medal in the previous edition in Shanghai, China, two years ago after the duo of Lee YingShi and Karyn Ho Chia Yin claimed gold in the duilian event.
According to an earlier report in The Brunei Times, the Sultanate will be joined by hosts the Philippines Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Vietnam from the Southeast Asia region.
The other countries in the tournament are Afghanistan, China, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Nepal and Uzbekistan.