Brunei para bowlers bag gold in world meet

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam national para bowling team returned home to a hero’s welcome after they bagged the gold medal in the trio event of the World Para Bowling Tour 2019 at the Sta Lucia Bowling Center, Sta Lucia East Mall in Manila, Philippines from November 14-21.

Muhammad Jamary bin Danggat, Kamarul Ariffin bin Haji Abdul Ghaffar and Saidin bin Haji Damit clinched gold after accumulating a combined total of 1,941 points.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd)Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said greeted the contingent on arrival at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.

Brunei showed their might in the international scene as Malaysia settled for a silver medal with 1,938 points and Japan claiming bronze with 1,935 points.

The trio event also featured teams from Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Thailand.The tournament served as a warm-up for the players ahead of the upcoming Asean Para Games in Manila, Philippines next year.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said in a group photo with the Brunei para bowlers. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Alhamdulillah, we are very grateful because we produced an excellent performance in winning the gold medal. This is our best performance as we previously won bronze in the trio event,” said coach Pengiran Saiful Rizal bin Pengiran Haji Yunus in an interview.

The same trio captured bronze in the previous edition of the Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur a couple of years ago.

The coach also shared that the meet also served as preparations for the participating teams in the Asean Para Games with new additions from Europe.

He added, “There is another team that almost snatched a medal. The team that bagged the gold medal have prepared early and Alhamdulillah, we achieved our target.”

He specified their targets of enhancing their performance and to earn a podium finish.

“The players who competed in the tournament are players in the APG (Asean Para Games) and once we are able to outscore them, it means that we have the potential in this next APG.”

Pengiran Saiful Rizal added that their traditional rival is Malaysia and that Philippines will attempt to win the gold medal backed by home support.

The other para bowlers were Khairul Anuar bin Haji Abdul Ghaffar, Salehuddin bin Md Seruji, Matius bin Akim and Nor Hanizawanney binti Yaakub. Team manager Mohd Aidil bin Haji Jahali also accompanied the contingent.