Call to setup performance units

James Kon

National sports associations need to establish performance units comprising former national athletes who can play a role in monitoring and arranging long-term strategies focussing on high performance and welfare of national athletes are taken care of.

This was highlighted by the Chef de Mission of Brunei Darussalam contingent to the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Haji Muhd Zamri bin Dato Paduka Haji Hamdani during the Games post mortem meeting at the Lecture Hall of Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.

He also emphasised the need to carefully plan high performance programmes. It was suggested during the meeting that each athlete would need to participate in a high-level competition at least three times a year to maintain their level of consistency and progress.

Placements of two to three months are also required for athletes at least three months prior to competing in a targetted competition such as the SEA Games and Asian Games.

“A cost-effective opportunity for exposure before facing a major competition is based on the current financial situation. It is an important component and can contribute to the performance of the athletes. This is because exposure at ASEAN level can give athletes the experience of competing with better athletes.

“At the same time, coaches also can assess the training given to athletes and make adjustments as well as identify aspects for improvement before competing in any major competitions.”

Other suggestions include negotiation with the authorities to provide support and flexibility during a preparation training; the need for a centralised training system in at least three stages before a tournament; and the importance of creating a theme or motto for all athletes to be prepared, highly motivated and more focussed on one direction; as well as the need to plan a sideline programme for athletes to be physically and mentally prepared.

Meanwhile, 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 congratulated the Brunei contingent to the 30th SEA Games.

The great achievement is not only for the athletes and contingent but also for the whole country, he said.

The minister also pointed how the country’s achievement was acknowledged by 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 during the New Year 2020 titah.

Chef de Mission of Brunei Darussalam contingent to the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Haji Muhd Zamri bin Dato Paduka Haji Hamdani speaks during the meeting. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI