| James Kon |
BRUNEI Darussalam will be sending 11 athletes to compete in both the track and field as well as the tenpin bowling events at the 2nd Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea from Oct 18-24.
The athletes led by chef-de-mission Awang Md Nasrullah El-Hakiem bin Hj Awang Mohammed are Alihan Bin Muda (shot put and discus), Shari Hj Jumaat (discus and javelin), Hirdan bin Hj Abd Kadir (shot put and discus), Martin bin Dawat (100m and javelin), Dyg Norhensan binti Hj Mataha (shot put and discus), John Vianni Anak Chuchu (discus and javelin), Muhd Razali bin Abdullah Subi (100m and long jump), Kamarul Arifin bin Hj Abd Ghaffar, Saidin Bin Hj Awang Damit, Muhammad Jamary bin Danggat (tenpin bowling-singles/double/triple) and Sallehuddin bin Md Seruji (tenpin bowling singles).
At the official national flag handing-over ceremony yesterday, chef-de-mission Awang Md Nasrullah El-Hakiem received the national flag from Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, the Minister of Culture Youth and Sports.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj Mohd Jaafar, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as other officials.
Awang Md Nasrullah El-Hakiem in an interview said: ”We will do our best to compete in the name of Brunei Darussalam. We have been in training for a long time and the experienced athletes are ready to compete. This is also the first time that we will be competing in tenpin bowling in the Asian Para Games.”
Hj Abdul Malik bin Hj Mohammad, the Director of Youth and Sports in his welcoming address said: “The Asian Para Games is the largest Para Games in Asia whereby previously it was known as Far East South Asia Pacific Games (FESPIC Games) and Brunei Darussalam first took part in the championship in 1986 which was the 4th FESPIC Games, Indonesia.”
He recalled Brunei’s achievements In the first Asian Para Games held in Guangzhou, China 2010 whereby Brunei Darussalam collected two silver and two bronze medals through Dayang Norhayyu binti Mohd Yusop in the women’s 100m and Awang Shari bin Hj Jumaat in the men’s javelin for silver medals and Dayang Norhensan binti Hj Mohd Taha in women’s discus and Awang Hirdan bin Hj Abd Kadir in men’s javelin for bronze medals.
While at the Asian Youth Para Games 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he added: “National athlete Awang Kamarul Ariffin Hj Abdul Ghaffar won a gold medal for Brunei in tenpin bowling.”
The achievements of para athletes, he said is hoped to become the catalyst of motivation to other special needs athletes to continue their battle in the sporting arena in line with the individuals with special needs action plan through the special committee on issues of senior citizen and special needs people.
The Brunei contingent will also be accompanied by eight officials to the games.