I LOVE watching sports, as I used to be quite active myself when I was young.
For two reasons, I always look forward to PSK (Pesta Sukan Kebangsaan) or National Sports Festival. First, I used to take part in it myself. Second, my son is very passionate about certain sport events and his goal is to represent our district and country one day.
I am writing this as I am concerned with the direction PSK is heading.
Isn’t this supposed to be an event where some of the best Brunei local athletes representing their districts, compete and improve their level of performance? Isn’t this meant to raise the level of Brunei athletes, so that one day they will be able to represent Brunei at an international event? Isn’t it to give chance for the young, up and coming local athletes to shine and gain experience at the national level?
So I have one simple question, why are foreigners allowed to participate?
I went to watch some of the games, and I was very disappointed. I can’t believe they were not able to find enough local athletes. Are they saying they were unable to find enough locals to represent their team?
Brunei is not a big country, but the population is not that small. I am glad to see teams full of home grown players able to defeat teams with imported foreign athletes.
I have looked at some of the teams with mostly youngsters, the teams are not that good and inexperienced, but isn’t this the reason why we have PSK, to give chances to our own youth to gain experience and grow, so one day they could proudly represent our country.
I have no issues with foreigners, but I believe there are more than enough open tournaments every year where all nationalities are allowed to participate.
So please, at least for PSK, a national event, let only the local athletes be allowed to represent their district or companies. Give a chance for them to grow, shine, and for some, make their family proud, and our country proud one day.
Don’t let these rare chances which only come once a year be taken away by foreigners.
– Disappointed Father & Sports Fan