Three archers represent Brunei in regional meet

Fadhil Yunus

Three archers from the Seri Begawan Archery Club will represent Brunei Darussalam in the 3rd Singapore Archery Open 2019 at the Bukit Gombak ActiveSG Stadium which will be held from today until tomorrow.

The Singapore Archery Open is organised by the Archery Association of Singapore.

Following the meet in Singapore, one of the local archers will continue his participation in the 4th Johor International Archery Tournament 2019 at the end of September and early October respectively.

The Singapore meet will feature Mohammad Shah Rezza bin Nassaruddin in the 50m compound event while two athletes will take part in the 70m event in the recurve event namely Khairul Ariffin bin Haji Baha and Muhamad Azry Masria Al-Asri bin Haji Masri.

The 70m event is the international standard set by the World Archery in an outdoor competition whereas the standard for an indoor competition is 18m.

Khairul Ariffin will also take part in the Johor meet, which is jointly organised by the Johor Archery Association, Johor Bahru City Council, Johor Tourism Department and Johor Sports Council with the cooperation of the National Archery Association of Malaysia. The tournament will be held from October 2-6 at the Johor Bahru City Square.

Seri Begawan Archery Club prior to their departure at the Brunei International Airport. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

The archers attended training in preparation for the regional meet for two months whereby they trained four times each week. Each training session took two hours.

Khairul Ariffin, who recently joined an indoor competition in Thailand, expressed hopes of winning a medal for Brunei and if possible to see where Brunei is ranked among the participating nations.

Khairul indicated that organisers set the limit of top 18 individuals from the qualifying round adding the number of qualified entries depends on the number of participants whereby if the participation is high, a top 32 entry commonly forms the basis for qualification.

He added that the tournament also serves as an exposure and experience for the local archers and to be able to see the how the competition is being played on an international stage.

Khairul Ariffin shared that Korea and Taiwan are the top countries in the world of archery while the United States are the top nation in individual events with current recurve world champion Brady Ellison leading the way.

The archer added that Malaysia boasts a world class athlete as Khairul Anuar Mohammad bagged a silver medal in the World Championship in s’-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands in June.