Brunei's contingent for the 2nd
Asian Youth Games posing for a
photo prior to their departure
for Nanjing, China, yesterday.
Picture: BT/ Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
Brunei's contingent of five athletes, two coaches, one official and a chef de mission left for the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China yesterday.
Brunei will only be competing in two sports at the August 16-24 event; fencing and golf.
Present at the departure hall of the Brunei International Airport to send off the team was the Acting Director of Youth and Sports, Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohammad.
Representing Brunei in golf is Mohd Qazzri Fakhri Hj Aslimon while Md Hazeeq Asmui'e Md Fadzilah, Muhd Aizuddin Yaqin Hj Yahya, Mohd Haziq Asahrin and Muhd Anaqi Danish Asahrin will compete in fencing.
Md Hazeeq Asmui'e and Muhd Aizuddin Yaqin will be taking part in the foil individual discipline while Mohd Haziq and Muhd Anaqi Danish will be competing in the sabre individual discipline.
The fencers have been training six times a week every week since last year, with their training involving a mix of sparing, physical and mental training.
Meanwhile, Mohd Qazzri Fakhri will take part in the Under-17 category at the golf tournament.
The qualification rounds at the Zhongshan Golf Course will take place between August 18-19 and the final stage will be held on August 20.
Mohd Qazzri has been preparing for the tournament since the start of the year.
A total of 16 sports will be contested in Nanjing; athletics, badminton, basketball, diving, fencing, football, golf, handball, judo, rugby, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and weightlifting.
Brunei sent two athletes to the inaugural edition in Singapore in 2009.
Nurafiqah Hj Rozaini competed in the 100m race while Amanda Liew Jia Xin swam the 100m breaststroke.
This year's edition of the competition will see an increase in participants from 1,321 athletes in 2009 to 2,391 this year.
The organisers have also increased the number of events offered from 90 in the previous competition to 122.
The Asian Youth Games is the second multi-event sport the country is competing in this year after the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games which ran from June 29-July 6 in Incheon, South Korea.
Brunei is also expected to compete at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Indonesia from September 22 to October 1 in Palembang, Indonesia.
Also on the international calendar for Brunei is the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar from December 11-22.