Jiu-Jitsu, eSports named for next year’s 31st SEA Games

Fadhil Yunus

Jiu-Jitsu and eSports, two sports which have seen an emergence in Brunei, are included in the proposed list for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi, Vietnam next year.

The martial arts and electronic sports have garnered a strong interest in the local and international scene in recent times. The growing number of Jiu-Jitsu medallists including a gold medallist in Jakarta last year showed proof that the sport is on the rise both in the recreational and competitive scene.

Brunei’s practitioners also shone in a regional event in Kota Kinabalu with numerous clubs producing an array of talent in several classes.

Meanwhile, the eSports Association of Brunei was established last year in what appeared to be a milestone in the development of the sport in the country.

Brunei showed its prowess in the regional scene after coming third in the eight-team Razer SEA Invitational tournament.

Vietnam Recreational eSport Association Vice President Duong Vi Khoa said Dota 2, Arena of Valor and Pro Evolution Soccer will be three of the six games that will be played in the Games.

Bowling and triathlon have also been added to the initial list of 36 sports that have already been agreed earlier this year. The addition of the four sports was approved by the SEA Games Federation Executive Committee.

The committee will make a formal announcement on the list of sports when they convene in November.

Brunei participated in the bowling event last year with national bowler Faiz Dzuhairy Dzafran managing a seventh place with 1,306 pinfalls in the men’s singles event. The number of sports in next year’s SEA Games showed a decrease from 56 sports, which was featured in the previous edition in Manila, the Philippines last year.

The 31st SEA Games is scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2 next year which will be followed by the Asean Para Games from December 14 to 21.

This will be the second time that Vietnam will host the SEA Games after staging the multi-sport event in 2003.