His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah (C), the President of the BDNOC, checks on the national cue sports team - national cue sports coach Lim Tat Hwe (L) and Ahmad Taufiq Murni - yesterday at the Billiards & Snooker Centre of the Winna Theikdi Sports Complex in Naypyidaw. BT/ Yee Chun Leong
His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, the President of the BDNOC, in a group photo with the national pencak silat team yesterday at the Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Naypyidaw. Picture: BT/Yee Chun Leong
The national sepak takraw team posing with the bronze medals they won from the hoop event on Tuesday. BT/ Yee Chun Leong
His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, the President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC), believes that the national contingent have got what it takes to win another gold medal at the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar.
The Prince urged the national athletes to keep their concentration and to stay focused at all times during the competition.
"Hopefully we will be able to get another gold medal. I've seen during their training that they have confidence and they have the ability to get medals," HRH told The Brunei Times yesterday when met.
"It would be good to win one more gold because it would be better than previous years. Silat, karate and of course takraw and taekwondo (have good chances). They can get some medals," added the Prince
"I kept telling them (the athletes) not to feel nervous. They just need to concentrate and remain focused. That is the most important part," continued HRH, who is also the President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD).
Brunei have never won more than one gold medal at the biennial Games since the 1999 edition which the Sultanate hosted.
Their haul of four gold, 12 silver and 31 bronze medals that year remains their best achievement to date.
Brunei have one gold under their belt in this year's campaign so far, courtesy of Faustina Woo Wai Sii and Lee Yingshi in the women's duilian (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) on Tuesday.
The result bettered the contingent's performance from the last edition in Indonesia whereby the national contingent failed to make a trip to the top of the podium.
HRH made a series of visits to check on the pencak silat, cue sports and sepak takraw teams yesterday in Naypyidaw.
The Prince mingled with the pencak silat team during breakfast and managed to check out their rooms at the Mingalar Thiri Hotel.
HRH then moved on to the Billiards & Snooker Centre of the Winna Theikdi Sports Complex where he had a chance to view national cueist Ahmad Taufiq Murni during training.
The BDNOC President then ended his visit at the New Ayeryar Hotel where he inspectedt the rooms of the sepak takraw team
The Prince also consented to present the team with the bronze medals which they won from the hoop event on Tuesday.
HRH was pleased with the achievement especially since it was the team's first trip to the podium for the sport at the Games.
"I'm very happy because this is the first time in the SEA Games that they got a bronze. That is very encouraging," said HRH.
The Prince departed for the Sultanate yesterday and will return to Myanmar for the closing ceremony.