Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin officiated the opening of the 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championships at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday.
Two hundred and sixty-five will compete in the taolu and sanda events of the championship.
Also in attendance was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak ‘Aliiyah Amalul Bulqiah.
President of Wushu Federation of Asia Fok Chun with other executive members, foreign diplomats as well as members of Wushu Federation of Brunei Darussalam were also present.
The opening ceremony began with the march past from representatives of each team.
Deputy President of Wushu Federation of Brunei Darussalam and chairman of the executive committee for the 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championship Dr Md Firdaus Abdul Rahman highlighted that the sanda event is being competed in Brunei Darussalam for the first time, and he believed that all athletes are going to put their best foot forward to bring pride to their respective countries.
He hoped participants can establish open and friendly relationship, while strengthening cultural ties.
He also hoped all wushu athletes to exhibit sportsmanship and friendship throughout the championships.
Dr Md Firdaus Abdul Rahman thanked the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Wushu Federation of Asia and Wushu Federation of Brunei Darussalam for their support to make the competition a reality.
Following the opening ceremony, the crowds were treated to an array of traditional performances by local schools and a wushu performance by China’s wushu athletes.
Brunei’s Basma Lachkar led the reading of oath.
Seven male and six female junior athletes will represent Brunei Darussalam in the championship.