Leading jump athletes resume training at outdoor sports facilities

Fadhil Yunus

Athletics has been added as one of the sports that has witnessed a resumption of training activities at outdoor sports facilities in the country in accordance to strict health and safety protocols.

A number of the country’s athletes specialising in jump events have been training at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex under the guidance of a coach.

Common training equipment was on display as the athletes got back to their usual training rhythm. With the re-opening of sports facilities, athletes have been making the transition from home-based training to a return at training grounds in presence of a coach.

With a coach monitoring the progress of athletes, some of the routines during the training session involve working on an athlete’s running form as well as the transition between the approach run-up and the take-off.

The return of the jump athletes, follows the return of another group of track and field athletes, who normally train at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

A view of the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

The resumption of athletics’ training heightened activity in sports especially athletes of national standard and at a competitive level in the last couple of months.

Meanwhile, badminton and wushu also continued with their training sessions at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

Earlier on Monday, taekwondo, pencak silat and fencing also continued their training schedule at the Menglait Sports Complex.

Football, which falls under team sports, has also been boosted following the return of on-the-ball training but strict conditions still apply. Competitive archers have also been steadily enjoying progress in training into a 70-metre target base.

Besides competitive training, there has also been an influx of recreational activities including swimming, tennis, table tennis, squash, golf, cue sports, badminton and ten-pin bowling.

Tennis, which re-introduced double matches as an extension to single matches, saw a surge in single-day attendance from a dozen to around 30 enthusiasts.

Table tennis and golf have also been viewed as popular recreational sports evident with the rise in visitors while badminton courts are also slowly filling up with shuttlers.