Batting sessions a go as softball returns

Fadhil Yunus

Softball has been added as one of the sports that witnessed resumption at outdoor sports facilities under the latest phase of the de-escalation plan.

The popular sport was revived in the country as local softball enthusiasts were seen taking part in a batting session at the Ong Sum Ping Field this week.

The Ong Sum Ping ground, which is popular among cricket and football enthusiasts, is usually crowded but has since been empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The multi-functional ground features a 120-seater capacity and is known to be the training base for Wijaya FC, a local football club that compete in the Brunei Super League (BSL).

The Ong Sum Ping ground is also considered a home training base for local softball teams. Brunei softball teams have produced a series of good results in recent times against international opposition.

The Ong Sum Ping Field. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Last year, the country’s softball team emerged overall champions in the 5th Ladies and 7th Men’s Masters Fastpitch Softball Brunei Darussalam (NBT Trophy) Tournament, with the female team winning their event and the men’s team taking third place.

The women’s team also clinched bronze in the Softball Thailand Open during the same year.
The return of softball follows other sports such as cue sports and athletics to resume training or practice sessions in signs of heightened sporting activities.

Badminton and wushu athletes have also held training activities under the supervision of a coach at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

Combat sports such as karate and taekwondo have also resumed activities at the Menglait Sports Complex, as well as pencak silat and fencing, who found a new home following their relocation from the Fencing Hall at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

Meanwhile, squash and tennis have returned at recreational scene as indoor sports facilities witnessed increases in sporting activities. Table tennis also proves to be one of the popular recreational sports with a growing number of visitors at the Menglait Sports Complex.

Swimming pools have also witnessed a return of activities with the country’s talents making laps in the pool, as well as the public.

The noticeable revision in the latest de-escalation plan concerned team sports with an increased group size to 15 people from 10 for a training session only.