Badminton training scheme returns with safety measures in place

Fadhil Yunus

Badminton activities in the country have been stepped up with the return of a training scheme at indoor sports facilities with health and safety protocols in place in accordance to the latest guidelines.

The badminton scheme, which is organised mainly on weekdays, drew the country’s rising stars as well as the elite players, who had actively competed at the local scene.

With a number of shuttlers making a return to the court, a junior player shared to the Bulletin that he has been training for two years.

With a registration book being placed at the entrance, players are required to fill in their name to confirm their attendance and sign out upon completing their session.

In adhering to the existing guideline, players were seen leaving the venue at staggered times and headed for their transport immediately to avoid get-togethers.

The return of a badminton scheme followed the resumption of badminton activities in the recreational scene last month.

The multi-purpose hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex became the latest sports facility to host sport activities other than the National Tennis Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Swimming Pool and the National Squash Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

The Menglait Sports Complex has also been reopened for table tennis activities while golf courses such as the Royal Brunei Airlines Golf Club has been well-received among golfers.

Privately-owned establishments such as Golden Bowling Company and Master Alim Pool Café have also welcomed bowlers and pool players.

Sport centres have also made advanced preparations to ensure that sport equipment is safe for enthusiasts to use such as house balls and pool cues.

Golden Bowling Company prepares a selection of balls at various weights from the lightest to heaviest at the bottom of a ball return system in each lane.

Badminton is not the only sport that has witnessed the return of competitive-level players, with the country’s fencers making a return to training without the assistance of swords.

In recent sessions, they have been doing improvised workout training such as climbing the stairs at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium and skipping exercises at the fencing hall. Fencers have also taken part in drills focussed on improving their footwork movements.