Karate exponents resume training

Fadhil Yunus

Karate joined a long line of sports that resumed training activities at indoor sports facilities in Brunei Darussalam in line with strict health and safety protocols laid out by the authorities.

Some 15 exponents attended the most recent training session at the Menglait Sports Complex yesterday afternoon as registration records showed them training for at least two hours. The combat sport currently shares a training ground with pencak silat, taekwondo and fencing, that recently found a new home following their relocation from their main base at the fencing hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

Karate has been one of the most active sports that hold training sessions as exponents begin to get back to their usual training routine since the re-opening of sports facilities.

The sport has also enjoyed a high participation rate with growing interest from junior athletes in further signs of heightened activity in sports in the country.

It is not the first time that a group of karate athletes have trained this week, having also visited the facility on Tuesday.

Another sport that has generated a strong interest is fencing with 11 individuals also turning up for a training session yesterday. Sports in the country are slowly finding their feet with the resumption of competitive training activities following the re-opening of sports facilities.

Badminton and wushu have been rolling out training or scheme schedules at the multipurpose hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex as high-calibre national athletes’ move from home-based training to training under the supervision of a coach.

Track and field athletes have also been seen completing laps at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium while athletes specialising jump events are spotted training at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

Cue sports athletes have been stepping up their training at the Billiards and Snooker Hall II of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium while competitive archers resumed their practice sessions at Peak Performance Sdn Bhd.

At the recreational level, there has been a surge of enthusiasts on the tennis courts with a record single-day attendance from at least a dozen to around 30 people in a span of a single month.

Table tennis remains to be a popular choice for recreational-based activities with a growing number of visitors at the Menglait Sports Complex.