Brunei supports ASEAN’s joint bid to host FIFA World Cup in 2034

In the spirit of enhancing existing bonds while fostering new cooperation through sports at the global level, Brunei Darussalam welcomes and supports ASEAN’s joint bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2034, as per announced by the ASEAN leaders at the 34th ASEAN Summit on June 23, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

This was stated by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin in his statement at the Fifth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS-5) in Manila, the Philippines yesterday, according to a press release.

The minister also said that sports continues to play a crucial role in bringing local and international communities together, thus contributing towards peace and stability in respective countries, regionally and globally.

He highlighted that Brunei Darussalam alongside other ASEAN member states strongly supports the field of sports as an important means to realise even further consolidation, integration and stronger cohesiveness in ASEAN, in line with the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

The minister called for AMMS to come up with ways to further support the realisation of the Culture of Prevention for Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society.

He shared that the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, is committed to facilitate and promote inclusivity through its sports-for-all approach.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin with Chairman of the Philippines Sports Commission William I Ramirez. PHOTO: MCYS

Two prominent examples are the designation of cycling as a national pastime and the annual Brunei Darussalam Regatta held in conjunction with the birthday celebration of His Majesty, which brings together participants from all over the country and the region. The high level of participation from all members of the community demonstrates the uniting effect of the national-level sporting events as well as its inclusive nature.

Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan also informed at the meeting that Brunei Darussalam has and will always continue its commitment in fostering stronger friendships and solidarity among the international and regional community through the hosting of a number of prestigious international and regional sporting competitions.

Among others in the past two years, Brunei Darussalam hosted the 6th edition of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youth Football Championship from April to May 2018, successfully uniting ASEAN youth as well as those from Timor-Leste, in a spirit of sportsmanship in international football; the 10th Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines-Northern Territory of Australia-East Asia Growth Area (BIMPNT-EAGA) Games with the participation of Northern Territories, Australia in November to December 2018; the 5th Ladies’ and 7th Men’s Masters Fast Pitch Softball Tournament 2019 as well as the prestigious 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championships 2019 which brought together 19 Asian countries in August this year.

With regard to high performance sports, he welcomed that ASEAN is moving ahead in forging cooperation with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and look forward to its realisation, particularly in professional capacity building.

The minister also hopes that this will pave the way for ASEAN football teams to excel in international competitions beyond the region as well as open new opportunities for ASEAN to pursue other collaborations in the future.

The AMMS-5, chaired by Chairman of the Philippines Sports Commission William I Ramirez, was attended by ASEAN Ministers of Sports and heads of delegation as well as the Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio Cultural Committee.

The minister also attended the Second ASEAN+Japan Minister Meeting on Sports. The meeting was preceded by the 9th Senior Officials Meeting on Sports, 1st ASEAN+Japan Meeting on Women and Sports and the 2nd ASEAN + Japan Senior Officials Meeting. The theme of this year’s meeting was ‘One Vision, One Goal, One Community: Strengthening Unity Through Sports’.

While attending the AMMS-5, the minister called on William I Ramirez and Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. During the calls, bilateral cooperation, especially in the areas of sports development as well as other issues of mutual interest, were discussed.

Accompanying the minister were Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Philippines Hajah Johariah binti Haji Abdul Wahab and Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, as well as senior officials from the MCYS.