Athletes grateful for financial incentives

|     James Kon     |

ATHLETES who received cash and an athlete scholarship during the Sports Excellence Incentive Scheme (SPKS) presentation ceremony yesterday morning expressed their gratitude to the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and vowed to work hard to bring more glory to the country.

For national wushu athlete Muhammad Sufi Shayiran bin Roslan, who received an athletic scholarship worth BND2,120 to further his studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), the reward was very much welcomed and well worth the hard work that he put in.

“I would like to thank His Majesty’s government and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) for this scholarship. I’ve trained hard for my country, so I am happy to receive the athletic scholarship,” he said.

Muhammad Sufi Shayiran said that he will be studying for a four-year course in Economics.

He added, “I hope to train more and repay the Government of His Majesty. We are focussing our training for the SEA Games and World Wushu Championship this year. I know that balancing studies and training is not easy, but by managing my time efficiently, I know I can do it.”

Meanwhile, Hajah Amalia binti Haji Metali, who received BND7,000 for winning a silver medal in the singles event at the World Single Champion of Champions 2016 in Queensland, Australia, said, “Alhamdulillah, I receive the recognition today for my hard work and sacrifice. This shows His Majesty’s government’s care and attention toward lawn bowl athletes, a sport that is not very popular.”

On her achievement, she added, “This is not only a good achievement for the sport but also the country. Being number two in the world, I cannot hope for more. My next target is to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. We are looking forward to participating in any international competition.”

Delivering a special message for her fellow Bruneian athletes and the youth, she said, “In addition to your prayers, you must put in the effort and carry out continuous training and go through sacrifices to achieve any goal. It took me 20 years to get this far on the world stage. During the 1999 SEA Games in Brunei, I attended most of the finals of the events and told myself, ‘I will arrive on the world stage someday’.”

Muhammad Sufi Shayiran bin Roslan
Hajah Amalia binti Haji Metali. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI