| Khairil Hassan |
THE 2nd Brunei Darussalam National Games (SKBD) 2014 was officially launched by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas yesterday.
The opening ceremony started with a march-past from the 13 participating contingents – Brunei-Muara District, Belait District, Tutong District, Temburong District, Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB), Royal Brunei Police Forces Sports Council (MS PDB), Higher Education Institution (IPT), Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV), Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), Telecommunication and ICT Sector, Bank Association of Brunei (BAB), Sabah Sports Council and Sarawak.
Hj Abd Malik bin Hj Mohammad, the Director of Youth and Sports who is also the Chairman of the Brunei Darussalam National Games Committee gave an opening speech followed with the oath recital led by Muhammad Fida’iy bin Sanif from Telecommunication and ICT Sector.
Karateka Muhammad Fida’iy represented the country in regional and international games and was a silver medallist in the 55kg Individual Kumite category at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar last year and also a gold medallist in the 67kg Individual Kumite category at the Brunei Darussalam National Games 2012.
After launching the games, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair was introduced to the contingents and presented a plaque as a souvenir to each contingent’s head.
There was a “Gerak Khas” performance of various martial arts from the Youth and Sports Self Defence Scheme; National Pencak Silat, Kempo Scheme, Belait District Taekwondo Scheme, Karate Scheme and Wushu Scheme.
The ceremony ended with the futsal match between Brunei-Muara and IPT.
Twenty-three sports will be competed at the Brunei Darussalam National Games.
They are badminton, netball, basketball, softball, football, darts, futsal, top spinning, golf, hockey, karatedo, cue sports, fencing, cycling, regatta, athletics, pencak silat, petanque, sepak takraw, taekwondo, tug-of-war, tenpin bowling and wushu involving 3,374 officials and athletes.
Seven hundred and seventy-three medals – 226 gold, 226 silver and 321 bronze – will be up for grabs.