| James Kon |
THE Brunei Handball Federation (BHF) yesterday carved yet another milestone in its development by participating for the first time in the International Handball Federation (IHF) Trophy 2014 Zone 1B Asia.
A contingent of 14 members headed by Kifli Jaafar, Vice-President of Brunei Handball Federation, with two coaches and two referees left the country yesterday for the competition, which will be held in Educity Sports Complex of Johor on December 8-12.
Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will also participate in the event.
The competition is one of the six development programmes conducted by IHF throughout the world.
BHF was inaugurated as a member of IHF on October 26 last year.
Besides organising handball tournaments for men and women, there will also be coaching and refereeing courses.
Present to send off the contingent was Col (Rtd) Hamid bin Nayan, President of Brunei Handball Federation.
Col (Rtd) Hamid said, “Our team is quite new and although we have done some training, there is still room for improvement.
“This participation is a good exposure for the team and acts as a motivation for them to continue training.”
When asked about the appointment of a national handball coach, he revealed, “It is in the process and hopefully a coach will be appointed by next year.
“The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports is doing its best in getting a coach.”
The initial stage in establishing a team of junior players came from the Talent Identification programme under the ministry’s Coaching and Development Unity.
Students from various schools were recruited. Most of the players are around 17 years old and have been training since March.