Badminton courts reopen amid updated guidelines

Fadhil Yunus

Badminton venues in the country have opened its doors to members of the public following the recent announcement that sports involving single matches are allowed as part of the first phase on the re-opening of four types of sports complexes and facilities.

The Scout Headquarters Building Badminton Court in Beribi resumed its operations for the first time yesterday since the announcement of the widespread closure of sports facilities in March. According to an employee overseeing the operations, they have received bookings for 9am and 6pm.

The badminton court is one of the popular indoor sports facilities in the country among the general public and sports enthusiasts along with Menglait Sports Complex.

Double matches or a maximum of four players participating in a match are not allowed under the updated guidelines for indoor sports facilities, which came into effect earlier this week. Players are also only allowed to use the court for an hour.

As part of existing guidelines, players also scanned their QR code through their BruHealth app upon using the facilities.

Players using the badminton court. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Social distancing was observed with members preparing their rackets in separate benches and keeping an appropriate distance from each other.

During the evening session, three courts were utilised and six players involved in three separate singles matches at staggered times.

An employee told the Weekend Bulletin that individuals typically book a court for a period of two hours, adding that an hour of playing time is also worthwhile.

It is also understood that there is a huge demand for courts from 6pm onwards before the closure of the facilities.

Badminton falls under a category of sports performed in the form of single matches other than squash, tennis, ping pong, cue sports, lawn bowls, petanque and archery.

Meanwhile, there was little activity at the Brunei Tennis Club in Berakas with one court being utilised for a tennis session.

Sports which are performed on a solo basis was part of the initial guidelines being drafted for both indoor and outdoor sports facilities prior to the reopening of such facilities on May 16.

A number of gyms and fitness centres have also announced resumption of operations through social media channels and released a weekly schedule for the first time since the closure.

The Royal Brunei Airlines Golf Club Driving Range was one of the first establishments which opened its doors last month with golfing enthusiasts returning for recreational play.