Brunei faces prolonged wait for Sukma Games

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam will face a prolonged wait to make an appearance at the 20th Sukma Games 2020 in Johor following the recent announcement that the multi-sport event has been re-scheduled from March 6 to 14 next year.

The multi-sport competition has been initially scheduled to be held from July 11 to 19 this year but in tandem with most major international sports events, the coronavirus pandemic prompted organisers to either postpone the dates or cancel the event altogether.

In following up the announcement made in March, when the Sukma Games was postponed until further notice, the Malaysia Games Supreme Committee, chaired by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, held a special meeting via videoconference. The minister also said that the Para Sukma Games will be pushed back from April 5 to April 10 2021.

The meeting heard that several technical amendments had been made to the General Regulations for the 2020 edition of the Games, including Article 3.1, which allows athletes who have been enrolled in the long list before January 9, 2020, to participate despite exceeding the specified age limit at the time of the competition.

Datuk Seri Reezal Merican also announced that the next supreme council meeting will be held in October, to discuss the possibility of any changes to the Sukma dates if it is required.

Brunei has been an active member in the multi-sport competition alongside all Malaysian states.

Held every two years, the competition also serves as an opportunity for budding talents to showcase their talents and skills against high calibre athletes and potential Malaysia national athletes.

Brunei managed a haul of one silver and three bronze medals during the previous edition in Perak.

The country’s best performance came in wushu when rising star Mohammad Adi Salihin bin Roslan bagged silver in the men’s nanquan event at the Perak Matriculation College. National taekwondo and karate athletes also enjoyed a podium finish during the last edition of the Games.

Brunei’s taekwondo duo Hyde Nachman bin Hijium and Hyde Nathania binti Hijium won bronze in the mixed poomsae event while karate exponents Rodhyatul Adhwanna binti Bakar and Amirah Syahidah binti Abdul Rahim snatched bronze in the women’s kata and kumite events, respectively.