| Hakim Hayat |
A DELEGATION of 25 Bruneians will attend a badminton youth exchange course in Japan from Sept 15-23 as part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah was with the delegation bound for the Japanese Government-sponsored programme in a meet-and-greet session held at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium in Berakas yesterday.
Eleven youths from Brunei-Muara District Badminton Scheme, Sports School (6), Belait District Badminton Scheme (4) and Tutong District Badminton Scheme (2) have been selected to participate in the “JENESYS 2.0 Japan International Cooperation Centre (JICE) Programme for Badminton” in Japan.
They will be accompanied by two supervisors from the Department of Youth and Sports and the Sports School.
The new youth exchange programme for JENESYS 2.0 was announced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to Indonesia in January last year with the purpose of further strengthening partnership between Japan and Asean member countries.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair in his speech at the event yesterday lauded the initiative, saying the programme was a reflection of the great partnership and meaningful cooperation between Brunei and Japan that has been built over the years.
“Brunei Darussalam see these people-to-people exchanges as the basic bridge that binds together Asean and Japan,” he added.
He said the inclusion of badminton in the programme, which is one of the most popular sports in the Sultanate, is most appropriate especially with the participation of our selected youth and hoped to see the sporting culture expanded and developed further to see more Bruneians enjoying badminton and excel in it.
“Besides enhancing and developing their skills in badminton, this tour will give our youth much valuable exposure and experience, about the history, industry and also sporting culture and facilities in one of the most advanced and developed sporting nations in Asia,” the minister added.
Meanwhile, Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan to Brunei Darussalam, Seisuke Shimizu in his welcoming remark earlier said he hoped to see youngsters from Japan and Brunei forging relationships and building trust through badminton, hence strengthening ties between both countries.