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'Focus on the task at hand'
Friday, December 6, 2013

The national wushu team has been advised to block everything out as they gear up for their Southeast Asian (SEA) Games opener in Naypyidaw tomorrow.

Md Sufi Shayiran Roslan, his brother Mohammad Adi Sya'rani and Ang Guat Lian will kick-start Brunei's campaign in Myanmar tomorrow, with the team - which also includes two-time SEA Games silver medalists Faustina Woo Wai Sii and Lee Ying Shi - now firmly in the final stages of preparation.

Though the biennial meet in Myanmar officially starts on Wednesday, wushu's four-day competition will end on Tuesday - meaning Brunei could already be on the podium before the opening ceremony at the newly built Wunna Theikdi Stadium.

The wushu team trained on perfecting their movements, and according to national coach Li Hui in yesterday's daily report sent by the Department of Youth and Sports, all of the athletes were fine and had no problems.

In his notes on the wushu team's training on Wednesday, the team's sports psychologist Zulkiflee Abdul Hamid said that the athletes were very disciplined, their morale appeared high and they are ready to train - though he did advice them to "focus on the task at hand".

"They were able to focus during training except for a few instances when they were distracted by other teams that were also training at the same venue.

"The athletes were reminded to focus on the task at hand (and I) revised with them the use of imagery to help them re-focus on what they need to do during training.

"They were also reminded to use imagery as part of their psych-up and psych-down and were asked to apply the methods during their next training," Zulkiflee added.

The team had two training sessions on Wednesday, the first at the competition venue (Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium) in the morning and the second at the Games Village in the afternoon - with a 45-minute psychology session with Zulkiflee later in the day.

His Excellency Pehin Dato Abd'ur Rahmani Dato Basir, Brunei's Ambassador to Myanmar, paid a visit to the Athlete's Village and was glad the national contingent was in good health and had settled down well.

His Excellency also said that the embassy has opened a temporary secretariat at the Myat Taw Win Hotel to address any of their needs throughout their stay.

The football team, meanwhile, had two training sessions at the Training Centre 3, Wunna Theiki Sports Complex on Wednesday.

According to the team's coach Kwon Oh-son, all the athletes are in good condition and have no serious injuries.

The contingent's chef de mission Hj Muhd Zamri Dato Paduka Hj Hamdani has advised the athletes to stay away from any food or medicine that are not WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) approved and told them to refer to the medical team if they had any queries.

Courtesy from Brunei Times