PERSIB confident of athletes’ medal hopes

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam national athletes are capable of winning medals in major competitions after new rules and regulations of competitions were introduced by the founding members of the International Pencak Silat Federation (PERSILAT).

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation (PERSIB) Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim bin Pengiran Haji Metassan said this on the side-lines of a dialogue session with national athletes and coaches at the Lecture Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Friday.

The new rules feature an extension of other forms of martial arts including judo techniques in duel (tanding) events.

“We are confident that we will win medals in future competitions if we apply the certain forms of martial arts in our performance,” said Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim in an interview with the Sunday Bulletin.

The CEO added, “We want to incorporate the combinations of movements as contained in the updated guideline for pencak silat to boost confidence in athletes.

“If they apply the basic cakak kuntau, judo and combine it with Silat Suffian Bela Diri in their performance, they can be confident of their chances. We already have these disciplines in place and the association will push for the athletes to incorporate them into their game. The dropping system is accessible in the cakak kuntau game.”

Chief Executive Officer of Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation (PERSIB) Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim bin Pengiran Haji Metassan speaks during the event. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

The international calendar for competitions includes Thailand Indoor Open, Belgium Open, Singapore Open, World Championships in Malacca and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam at the end of next year.

Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim said that the World Championships cover five continents such as Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe whereas the SEA Games only feature countries in the region.

There are 79 countries across five continents while there are only 10 participants in the Southeast Asian Games.

“We will recognise that the World Championships is one step below the Olympics,” added the CEO.

Pengiran Haji Abdul Karim is one of the steering committee members under the world governing body of pencak silat alongside other members from Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The athletes were also called to show high level of performance and apply such disciplines.