Tennis double matches return

Fadhil Yunus

Tennis centres in Brunei Darussalam welcomed the return of double matches following updated guidelines as part of the third phase of the de-escalation plan.

The National Tennis Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex received an encouraging response with at least six courts booked for afternoon including one double match.

Around 30 individuals registered to book a tennis match at the centre yesterday, compared to 12 who registered on June 14, when single matches were allowed.

The inclusion of double matches further heightened sporting activity in the country.

With the centre providing a registration book by the entrance, tennis enthusiasts are required to register to confirm their attendance before using the facilities.

Individuals are also required to scan their QR code through their BruHealth application.

The entrance of the National Tennis Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Under the third phase of the de-escalation plan, outdoor sports facilities are allowed to operate at 90 per cent capacity at one time subject to space.

Use of the facilities is also extended to two hours per day while locker rooms and shower areas are now accessible.

Players are not allowed to gather together before or after an activity in the immediate surroundings of the sports facilities.

In addition, squash also returned to the recreational scene after a lengthy break following widespread closure of sports facilities and complexes.

Meanwhile, fencing athletes returned to training at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium fencing hall without being assisted by swords.

In football, limited group size has been observed in training with no physical contact and without the use of a ball.

Swimming activities resumed at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Swimming Pool yesterday as the sports facility entered a third day of operations.

Under the guideline, swimming pools under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will only open on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Swimmers practised social distancing measures as they arrived the facility at staggered times.