| Fadhil Yunus |
NINE members of the Brunei Darussalam contingent comprising four athletes and five officials left the country yesterday to take part in the 2019 Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia, which will be held from April 26 to May 4.
Christian Nikles and Nur Haziq Samil will take part in the swimming event alongside two para athletes who will compete in athletics.
The swimmers will be accompanied by coach Wu Na, who was recently appointed in her current role.
Christian will compete in the 50m, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly events while Haziq will take part in the 100m, 200m backstroke and 400m IM events.
With the swimming events scheduled on April 27 and 28, the national swimmers will look to achieve new personal bests in an international level competition.
In the first flight, the Brunei contingent also comprised five officials including the Chef de Mission, communication officer, medical officer and coaches.
Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud bade the contingent farewell at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.
Also present were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the MCYS Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said, as well as senior officers from the MCYS.
The contingent is led by Acting Director of Youth and Sports Haji Zafri bin Haji Mohamed as the Chef de Mission.
In the 2011 Arafura Games, Brunei Darussalam accumulated 14 medals overall including four gold, six silver and four bronze.
In this edition, Brunei Darussalam will take part in three sports – netball, athletics for para athletes and swimming.
This year’s edition hosted by the Northern Territory of Australia has attracted more than 1,500 athletes from over 40 countries. A total of 17 sports will be contested including badminton, basketball, indoor volleyball, muay thai, sailing and weightlifting.
The Brunei Darussalam contingent is expected to return on May 5.