| Fadhil Yunus |
THE 4th Brunei Track and Field Open Championship will attract international interest from around the region and beyond which is set to take place at the Tutong Sports Complex today.
Currently, Hong Kong, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Indonesia have all confirmed their participation as well as nine teams including national teams and running clubs.
The Brunei Athletics Association (BAA) has invited a total of 27 teams including from Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, China and Korea.
The nine Brunei teams included the four districts, Higher Learning Institutions (IPT), Santa Monica and Sports School.
Singapore will also field a Swift club while Sabah and Sarawak will be flying the flag for Malaysia.
Approximately 100 athletes from Brunei will compete across a wide range of events and up against 76 expected overseas athletes.
The events included javelin, discus, long putt and the short distance running as well as the relay competitions.
The press conference discussed the rules and regulations including technical areas involving certain events.
The competition will adopt the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and local set of rules, confirmed the Secretary- General of BAA, Adia Tawang.
Sabah head coach Ceril Yapp had already admitted difficulties to claim a three-gold target in the Brunei Track and Field Open.
Yapp said that the latest assumption was based on the fact that some of the top names from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong may be taking part in the competition and that may diminish the team’s chances of their early predictions.