WORLD Bowls Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gary Smith praised the national lawn bowls team after he saw the 11th Asian Lawn Bowls Championships come to a close yesterday.
Highlighting that Brunei has a solid foundation to develop the sport, Smith also said that the sultanate did a good job in organising the competition.
“Brunei have hosted the tournament well, and they have their basics up and running through their association (Brunei Darussalam National Lawn Bowls Association - BDNLBA) which is crucial to get the sport recognised,” Smith said in an interview yesterday with The Brunei Times.
“Brunei’s performance this year has shown to many countries in the Asia-Pacific region that they have talented athletes who can win medals, especially against a strong team like Malaysia.
“Malaysia were overall champions, but they did not win all eight categories.
“For example, India won the men’s fours event, and Brunei won in the women’s fours event - this shows despite Malaysia setting a standard by winning five of the eight events, there are still other countries who can give them a challenge and that is what this sport is all about,” he said at the Lawn Bowls Arena of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
Smith also tipped the national team to shine in the World Bowls Championships where the sultanate is set to compete in New Zealand in November.
“I am definitely looking forward to see how Brunei will perform in the World Bowls this year - especially after finishing top ten in the Asia Pacific Champs last year and what I have seen them in this tournament,” Smith concluded.