Fencing finds new home at Menglait Sports Complex

Fadhil Yunus

Fencing has found a new home after a group of fencers attended the sport’s latest training session at the Menglait Sports Complex on Monday.

Brunei Darussalam’s promising fencers embarked the latest chapter of their competitive training journey following relocation from their base at the fencing hall at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

Footage of the fencers’ first training session has also emerged in Brunei Darussalam Fencing Federation’s official social media.

Under the tutelage of a coach, fencers have been actively training during apparent challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Brunei’s authorities rolled out the early stages of the de-escalation plan, fencers initially trained at the track and gym before subsequently gaining access to train at the fencing hall.

The Menglait Sports Complex building. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Bright fencing prospects and senior stars have performed routines such as skipping exercises and jumping drills as well as drills focussed on improving footwork, agility and speed. Their training methods have been improvised as sparring matches are not yet allowed.

Fencing joins pencak silat, taekwondo and karate to hold training sessions at the Menglait Sports Complex.

The indoor sports facility also hosts table tennis activities in the recreational scene.

Meanwhile, badminton and wushu hold their trainings at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

Track and field has also resumed training activities at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. The country’s track athletes completed a number of laps at the stadium as they stepped up competitive training since returning to an outdoor sports facility.

In archery, competitive archers are rediscovering their shooting touch by practising their shots through a 30-metre target base with future plans to move into a standard 70-metre target base.

Other sports such as golf, squash and cue sports have also welcomed the return of enthusiasts in the recreational scene. Tennis has been one of the popular recreational sports with a jump in single-day attendance from at least a dozen to around 30 individuals in the space of a month.