Pencak silat community gain knowledge on new competition rules

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s pencak silat community gained a better understanding in the application of new competition rules following an online Zoom seminar at the Lecture Room of Sports School in Jalan Stadium yesterday.

President of Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation (PERSIB) Pengiran Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Ludin led the association during the seminar.

Vice President of PERSIB Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim bin Pengiran Haji Metassan briefed on an article concerning official attire especially worn by athletes, coaches and match referees.

Match referees (wasit-juri) must wear the standard white uniform with yellow sash. The standard white uniform must also bear the International Pencak Silat Federation (Persilat) logo on the right chest and the International Wasit Juri logo on the left chest.

There are also specific attires to be worn by the technical delegate, competition chairman, protest commissioner and coaches as well as athletes.

Vice President of PERSIB Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim bin Pengiran Haji Metassan speaks during the seminar. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim also cited an example of officials wearing the correct attire during the World Martial Arts Masterships in Chungju, South Korea in 2019.

In addition, certified international referees who completed the course from the various classes are expected to know the rules and regulations for different categories whether it is a duel or an artistic event.

The seminar also discussed light and serious violations as well as the types of warnings including verbal warning, reprimand and disqualification. The number of points deducted to the athlete depends on the severity of the offence and the type of warning given by the referee.

Participants were also briefed on the whole process of a match being run including the introduction of match officials and athletes.

Besides senior officials from PERSIB, the seminar also attracted a number of locals who are qualified as international referees.

Executive Chairman of Persilat Benny G Sumarsono, Silat Singapore Federation’s Sheik Alauddin and a representative from National Silat Federation of Malaysia (PESAKA) also spoke during the seminar.

There will be a separate session today for national coaches and match officials who hold national certificates, as well as coaches from teaching bodies in Brunei Darussalam.