Wushu training resumes at indoor sports facilities

Fadhil Yunus

Wushu became one of the sports in Brunei Darussalam to resume training activities at indoor sports facilities with health and safety protocols in place in accordance with the latest guidelines.

The country’s elite athletes have reported for training at the multi-purpose hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex with the latest training session held yesterday.

Earlier this week, a mix of young badminton talents and senior shuttlers was involved in a training scheme at the Berakas-based facility.

In recent times, several top names which have featured in major competitions overseas have made the move from home-based training due to the COVID-19 outbreak to a sport facility.

The re-opening of wushu training indicated positive signs of sporting activities slowly returning to a degree of normalcy with progress also seen across sports such as badminton and fencing.

The multi-purpose hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Sports in the recreational scene have also resumed with enthusiasts playing tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton and golf over the last few weeks.

With an increased capacity and double matches now allowed under the latest guideline in addition to single matches, sports centres have witnessed a surge in attendance in recent weekends, especially in tennis.

Indoor and outdoor sports facilities meet the guidelines with preventive measures of COVID-19 posters on display at key areas at the multi-purpose hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

Consistent with other sports centres, a registration book has been placed at the entrance with line markings on the floor as a social distancing practice. Individuals who trained at the facility are required to fill in their details and the time when they sign in and out at the facility.

As practised by other establishments, individuals are also required to scan their QR code through the BruHealth app.

Athletes are expected to leave the premises at staggered times with get-togethers before or after each session not allowed under the existing guidelines.

Wushu is widely considered as one of the sports that the country excels in especially at major competitions with a number of sporting heroes unearthed in recent times.

Last December, all wushu exponents in the national contingent successfully bagged medals at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, the Philippines, including one gold won by rising star Mohammad Adi Salihin bin Roslan in combined men’s nandao and nangun.