National athletes feted in Sports Excellence Incentive Scheme

Fadhil Yunus

National athletes who demonstrated sporting excellence in previous major competitions in the regional and international scenes received recognition for their successes during the Sports Excellence Incentive Scheme presentation ceremony at the Lecture Theatre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas yesterday.

The incentive scheme, which also includes coaches, has been embodied in Brunei’s policy since 1991 to encourage athletes to continue their commitment to the country in attaining medals.

Nine athletes, two coaches and three assistant coaches as well as two national sports associations received the Sporting Excellence Incentive Scheme Victory Reward.

This year’s recipients were wushu athletes from the Brunei Darussalam Wushu Federation after winning medals in the 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championship in Bandar Seri Begawan from August 16-24, 2019 and the 2nd World Master Art Mastership Championship 2019 in ChungJu, Korea on August 27, 2019; and pencak silat athletes from the Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation after collecting medals in the 11th ASEAN School Games in Semarang, Indonesia from July 17-25, 2019.

The wushu athletes who were awarded in recognition of their medal haul in the 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championship were Basma Lachkar, Hosea Wong Zheng Yu, Zi Qi Chiam, Yee Sean Lim, Majdurano Joel bin Majallah Sain, Mohd Safiee Shayferan bin Roslan, Nur Batrisyia Ripin and Dexuan Ling.

Photos show 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 presenting the awards to athletes yesterday. PHOTOS: MCYS

The sole candidate who made the list in recognition of medal success in the World Master Art Mastership Championship was Ang Guat Lian.

Wushu head coach Li Hui, assistant coaches Ang Lu Guan and Zhao Chun Jie as well as the Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation also received rewards.

“In this COVID-19 situation, we received an incentive reward which is a huge boost of motivation for athletes and coaches,” Li Hui said.

“I hope that our wushu athletes will continue to train hard to represent the country in SEA Games and obtain more medals for the country.

“We have not stopped training during the COVID-19 situation. Athletes are training at home. They will record videos for coaches to look at and provide feedbacks.”

He added, “Although it is not easy training in this current situation, we do not stop.”

Meanwhile, the recipients in pencak silat were national athlete Mohammad Mahadir @ Danish Naqiuddin bin Mahmud, coach Pengiran Mohd Yussof bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Daud and assistant coach Haji Muhd Khairul Bahrin bin Awang Durahman as well as the Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation.

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 was the guest of honour.