| James Kon |
TOP junior wushu athletes from across Asia are expected to converge in Brunei Darussalam to compete in the 10th Asian Junior Wushu Championship at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas from August 16-24.
It will mark the first time the Brunei Darussalam Wushu Federation (BDWF) will host such a massive competition in the country.
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 unveiled the official logo of the championship yesterday.
Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the MCYS Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said, President of BDWF Lim Boon Hwa and Deputy President of BDWF Dr Md Firdaus Abdul Rahman, who is also the organizing chairman of the championship were present.
In a press conference after the launching, Dr Md Firdaus said the official logo “reflects the style of a wushu athlete that is in action and the open arms design symbolises the welcoming gesture of the host country towards participants from overseas.”
The colour, he added, “symbolises the Malay community in the country and the leadership 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 based on the concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) as well as Islam as the official religion of the country.”
Asked about the preparation, he said, “Currently, the preparation is still in progress. This is a very big event for us and Brunei Darussalam.”
According to Lim Boon Hwa, the championship will be split into three groups: Group A for 18 years and below; Group B for 15 years and below; and Group C for 12 years and below.
Fourteen athletes will represent Brunei Darussalam.