Local archer targets qualifying round at Thailand meet

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

BRUNEI Darussalam’s archer Khairul Ariffin bin Haji Baha will compete in the recurve category of the Thailand Princess Cup Archery Tournament 2019 at the Fashion Island Shopping Center in Bangkok, Thailand from tomorrow until June 30.

The local archer will represent Brunei-based Seri Begawan Archery Club in his maiden appearance in an international competition cementing his reputation as a proven winner in the domestic scene.

Khairul Ariffin, who only took up the sport in 2018, will test his abilities overseas against an international field after capturing a number of titles in Brunei.

The archer has been training for around three weeks after Ramadhan as he looked to get in fine condition. A common training programme entailed physical work and improving accuracy.

“It is my first time competing internationally because I am quite new to the sport having only joined in 2018,” Khairul Ariffin told the Bulletin at the Brunei International Airport before he left for Bangkok yesterday.

Khairul Ariffin bin Haji Baha of Seri Begawan Archery Club in a group photo. – FADHIL YUNUS

He further added, “In the country, I have won a number of tournaments which were organised by clubs.”

The local archer hopes to secure a berth in the direct elimination round when asked about his hopes in the tournament.

“If possible, I will be able to enter the qualifying round and elimination round,” he said.

Khairul Ariffin said the tournament adopts a numbering system, where each archer must shoot 60 arrows in the qualifying round of the recurve category.

An individual will be allocated 20 seconds for each arrow. Competitors who are able to shoot close to 600 points, which is the maximum point for 60 arrows, stand the chance to reach the top 32.

The top 32 competitors will take part in the knockout stage where they play for five ends.

Meanwhile, yesterday also witnessed a banner handover to Khairul Ariffin from the Vice President of Seri Begawan Archery Club Haji Zaini bin Haji Pungut.

Organised by the Thailand Outdoor Archery Club (TOAC) in its 13th edition, the competition will see various archery clubs from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as hosts Thailand vying for top honours.