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Brunei swimmer Haziq awarded FINA scholarship

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam swimmer Nur Haziq bin Samil has been recently awarded the FINA Development Scholarship for the year 2022 and will continue his training in Thanyapura, Phuket in Thailand.

Haziq, who has spent the last few years in Thailand after being accepted in the same programme, resumed his kjtraining at the Thanyapura Sports and Health Resort.

The training facility is one of four FINA’s specialised high-performance training centres worldwide, which is also located in Dakar, Kazan and Azura Florida Aquatics.

The national swimmer has also been guided by internationally-known coach Miguel Lopez, who is credited with the successes of elite swimmers at global level.

National swimming governing body Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) said, “We wish him well and look forward to more National Records to be broken this year.”

Nur Haziq bin Samil. PHOTO: BASA

Nur Haziq rewrote the national record in the 1500m freestyle event with a record time of 17:13.37s at the Thailand Age Group Swimming Championships before the end of the season last year.

He had previously set three new national records at the Thailand (SC) Time Trials at the Assumption University last October.

The FINA scholarship recipient, who trains with up-and-coming swimmers from Sudan, Malawi, Syria, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Tongo, Bhutan, Cook Islands, India and Federated States of Micronesia, clocked new times in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events.

The FINA Scholarship programme aims to improve the athlete’s training conditions and assist them in their preparation to qualify and participate in the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan in May 2022.