Md Sufi Shayiran Roslan (R) posing with his bronze medal in the nangun (southern staff) event at the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships in Manila yesterday. Picture: Courtesy of Li Hui
Brunei ended their 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships campaign on a high note at the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships yesterday.
Md Sufi Shayiran Roslan picked up a bronze medal in the nangun (southern staff) event during the final day of the biennial competition at the Makati Coliseum in Manila, the country's second in the meet after Ang Guat Lian won a bronze medal in the Taijiquan (taiji fist) event on Thursday.
National wushu coach, Li Hui, was proud of the achievement of his young athlete.
"This is an excellent Hari Raya gift to the nation considering this is the first time he (Sufi) is participating in an international event competing against strong athletes from 22 other Asian countries," said Li in an email yesterday.
"He has improved a lot because he worked very hard and he is one of our hopes to get more medals in the future.
"I'm very happy with the result for this is the second bronze won by Brunei in this tough competition," continued the Chinese national.
Li was also satisfied considering that six out of the seven Bruneians were first timers competing in an international event.
"They tried their best and put in their best effort to practise during the fasting month," said Li.
"I am so grateful and thankful to the Brunei government, BDNOC (Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council) president and also MCYS (Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports) to give support and encouragement to our national team when we are here in Manila.
"I also would also like to thank the Brunei Wushu Federation as well as the parents and families of all athletes for their support and encouragement," he continued.
Md Adi Sya'rani, Md Adi Salihin and Md Safiee Shayferan Roslan as well as the duo of Batrisyia Ripin and Dk Nur Wardinna Pg Hj Aji were the others that flew the flag for Brunei at the four-day competition.
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 (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) event.
The team have been training year-long and underwent six sessions per week during Ramadhan prior to leaving.
The team is expected to return home tomorrow.