Recreational badminton popularity on the rise

Fadhil Yunus

Recreational badminton in Brunei Darussalam has been on the rise in recent months as a match between Cucu Imam Haji Mohamad Family team (CIHM) and Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) Sungai Akar School Hall team became the latest friendly match held.

It aimed to strengthen ties between family members and badminton communities, while practising a healthy lifestyle.

Recently, local badminton groups Abdulle Alfarietie’s Shuttlers and Bengkurong Veteran Badminton Community held similar matches against other badminton communities.

Badminton was one of the first sports which returned to the sporting scene last year following the re-opening of indoor sports facilities in the country.

Indoor and outdoor sports facilities and complexes nationwide were closed last March to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

CIHM and PGGMB Sungai Akar School Hall team members in a group photo. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Meanwhile, at the competitive level, the National Badminton Team League Championship resumed after an eight-month suspension. The league originally kicked off last February and was suspended in line with governmental measures a month later.

The league’s resumption followed an announcement by the authorities last September that six sports contesting single or double matches are allowed to hold competitions with safety practices.

In assisting the development of junior players, the Brunei Shuttle Time Under-13 Championship was also held in all districts.

The Brunei Darussalam National Badminton Association (BDNBA) has also held courses to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of their members, including the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Level 1 Coach Education course last November.