Brighter future for Brunei’s basketball

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam’s basketball community can look forward to more developments in basketball with the new executive committee to lead the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) for 2020-2022.

Leading the youthful generation of the new executive committee is Jake Goh Kiat Heng as Chairman of BBA. Goh is a passionate basketball player who always has an eye on the basketball development in the country. Being the youngest ever to become chairman of BBA, Goh said the new reign will focus on youth development for the country.

“We are looking at further development of basketball and it’s not only on players but also refereeing, coaching and technical aspects of the games. We are also focussing on youth development,” he said.

The handing over of records and documents of BBA to the new committee was held at the BBA Court in Batu Bersurat on Wednesday night.

Lim Boon Teck is elected as Deputy Chairman, while On Wei Yeah, Foo Kian Ming, Tan Chu Eu, Vincent Pao and Ong Tze Qui will hold posts of Vice Chairman.

New Chairman of BBA Jake Goh Kiat Heng receives the records and documents from previous chairman Alex Kwang Ming Heng. PHOTO: JAMES KON

Lim Fung will continue as the Secretary General of BBA, while Pong Sei Woei will be treasurer.

The new chairman said they will continue to organise tournaments and upgrading works.

“We want to carry out early preparation for future regional and international tournaments. We are also looking at upgrading of our facilities especially for the outdoor basketball court,” he told the Bulletin.

He also cited the importance of building up capable 3 on 3 national basketball squad.

“3 on 3 games are already in the Olympic Games so there is a need to further develop the 3 on 3 basketball game. The game can be played at the outdoor court. We are also planning to organise more youth basketball tournaments like under-13, under-18 tournaments and others.”

Basketball, he said “is more than a game. It’s a platform to learn communication, leadership skills as well as teamwork. These are values that can be carried beyond basketball. We will continue on the Youth Academy every Sunday from 11am, and we welcome all the kids to join the activities.”

Previous chairman of BBA Alex Kwang Ming Heng, who has voluntarily stepped down to pave way for a younger mindset to lead the association, was appointed as Special Advisor of BBA.

Alex thanked the previous committee for their hard work and support for BBA.

“I am very happy to have completed my term successfully because the executive committee has been very supportive. The last few years were amazing, we managed to organise many tournaments including my own Chairman Cup.”

On the new executive committee, he said, “New and youthful executive committees are given the opportunity to lead the association. As the advisor to the committee, I am also here to provide any advice to them.”