WITH reference to the letter published in the Borneo Bulletin’s Opinion column dated, September 20, 2014 titled “Why do we have to send teams without managers?” written by Awang Ex-Athlete, BSB, we would like to thank the writer for the comments and appreciate his observation on Brunei Darussalam’s participation in international competitions such as the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.
The Department of Youth and Sports would like to congratulate those athletes who represented Brunei Darussalam.
The writer had emphasised the role of a “Team Manager” in a team participating in the Asian Games and we would like to thank the writer for highlighting this matter and expressing his concern about the role and the importance of having a team manager handling the team and players while they are abroad.
Meanwhile, in every competition, particularly a prestigious multi-sport event such as the Asian Games, the organising committee of every host country comes out with their own guidelines, rules and regulations as a requirement to be fulfilled and one of them is the size of the contingent.
A team consists of secretariat officials, medical officers, coaches and managers. The number of team officials who can be part of the contingent depends on the number of participating athletes.
We would like to highlight on the “Team Size” regulation, say for the Asian Games, where the organisers had set a quota of eligibility for coaches and managers as “Team Officials”.
In principle, as stipulated in the eligibility and size of the contingent, the ratio of team officials to athletes usually constitutes one official to two athletes.
With regard to Brunei Darussalam’s participation in the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, only a small number of athletes represented the country.
Therefore, in some sports, Brunei Darussalam, which was represented by only two athletes, was only allowed one official, which meant only the coach was designated to fulfil the team official quota.
The Department of Youth and Sports hopes that it has clarified some of the issues that were raised by the writer.
With the information provided, the sporting community will have a better understanding of some issues, such as the rules and regulations of every organising committee that need to be considered while giving importance to having a team manager.
The department once again appreciates the comments and thanks the writer for bringing them up which can contribute to the betterment and success of sports in Brunei Darussalam.
– Department of Youth and Sports,
Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports