Some 696 students from schools nationwide will compete in the first Brunei Darussalam Schools Games (BDSG) which kicked off yesterday.
Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin, the guest of honour, officiated the opening ceremony at Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna Secondary School.
Participants of the tournament include students from Years 7 to 13 from government and private schools, colleges and sixth form centres under MoE and Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).
Acting Director of Co-Curriculum Education Mohammad Norilham bin Haji Jais said four sports are contested – athletics, swimming, sepak takraw and badminton – with 71 golds, 71 silvers and 71 bronze medals. The tournament is aimed at identifying students with the potential and talent to represent Brunei Darussalam Schools Sports Council (MSSSBD) in national, regional and international tournaments.
Awangku Abdul Rahim At-Tarmidzi bin Pengiran Haji Mohammad Yusof from Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien College led the recitation of the athletes’ oath, followed by the BDSG anthem.
The event continued with the permanent secretary being introduced to the teams.
The 10-day event ends on November 28.