Brunei to wait until June 2021 for next AUG

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s university-based athletes face an extended wait to compete in the 20th ASEAN University Games (AUG) following the recent announcement of revised dates, with the multi-sport event set to start from June 18-27 next year in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

Organisers ASEAN University Sports Council (AUSC) confirmed the new dates amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The biennial competition was originally scheduled to be held from December 13-22 this year.

A total of 17 sports were contested during the previous edition of the competition in Naypyidaw, Myanmar two years ago.

The competition involves all ASEAN member countries with Timor Leste initially invited as a guest team and has been an ever-present participant since the 14th edition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2008.

Indonesia are the record winners of the competition having finished at the top of the medal table nine times, while seven-time winners Thailand emerged as the top ranked team in the previous two editions.

Malaysia emerged as the best team twice in the competition including on home soil in 2008, while Vietnam marked their feat as the top ranked nation when they were hosts two years earlier.

Brunei won a bronze medal in the 2014 edition in Palembang, Indonesia through pencak silat exponent Adz Zariyat Ahmad in the men’s tanding event.

The ASEAN University Games is the latest multi-sport event which Brunei is expected to participate in. The ASEAN School Games (ASG) has also been moved to March next year.