Taekwondo training resumes at indoor sports facilities

Fadhil Yunus

Taekwondo joined the latest line of martial art sports to resume training activities at indoor sports facilities in the country with health and safety protocols in place.

Three taekwondo members attended a session at the Menglait Sports Complex on Monday while another group also trained earlier this month.

The much-awaited return of taekwondo, which is recognised as a popular national sport, follows wushu, karate and pencak silat to make a return to training.

The resumption of training in taekwondo has further heightened sporting activities with the country’s elite returning to sports facilities under the tutelage of a coach.

Badminton activities have seen a restart with a mix of youth players and seasoned shuttlers who are actively competing in local tournaments attending a scheme at the multi-purpose hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

Taekwondo joined the latest line of martial art sports to resume training activities. Photo shows the Menglait Sports Complex where Taekwondo members conduct training sessions. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Fencing athletes have also been training arduously without the assistance of swords through skipping exercises and jumping drills as well as routines specifically focussed on footwork.

Local football club DPMM FC have been training at their base at the Jerudong Mini Stadium with small groups without the aid of a ball in line with the guidelines on team sports.

The reopening of sports facilities and complexes as well as golf courses paved the way for the return of sports in the recreational scene such as table tennis, tennis, badminton, squash, golf, ten-pin bowling and cue sports.

With double matches now allowed as an extension to single matches, attendance of tennis enthusiasts saw a jump from a dozen to around 30 individuals in a space of a month.

Swimming pools such as the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Swimming Pool entered the third week of operations yesterday since it re-opened on July 6.