Brunei karate-do athletes leave for Sukma Games

|     Fizah HAB     |

BRUNEI Darussalam’s karate-do athletes left the country yesterday to compete in the 19th Sukma Games 2018 in Perak, Malaysia.

Led by coaches Haji Okida Simangasing and Mohd Sofian bin Abdullah, seven athletes will compete in the karate-do’s kumite and kata categories, including Southeast Asian Games bronze medallist Aufa Bazilah binti Haji Abdul Razak.

Asked on the preparations, kata coach Mohd Sofian bin Abdullah shared that the athletes have undergone training for the past year after the 29th Southeast Asian Games to improve themselves.

“As part of gaining experiences, the athletes also competed in the recent Thailand Open and the 4th Brunei Darussalam National Games (SKBD) where they won gold medals,” the coach said.

Head of Youth and Sports Officer Mariam binti Ulat was present at the Brunei International Airport to bid farewell. Also present were senior officials at the Youth and Sports Unit of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Head of Youth and Sports Officer Mariam binti Ulat with the athletes and other officials. – KHAIRIL HASSAN