Brunei-Muara emerged as overall winners of the Silat Championship in conjunction with the 75th birthday celebration 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 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas last Saturday.
The newly crowned winners bagged 11 gold, two silver and seven bronze followed by Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council and Belait.
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz presented prizes to the winners.
Four final events were contested during the closing ceremony including the Cekak Asli male adult which was won by Muhammad Zulkarnain bin Haji Abdul Rahim from Temburong with a 5-0 score against Muhammad Nazim bin Matzain from Tutong.
Meanwhile, Brunei-Muara competitor Mohammad Hasbul Hadi @ Hamizan bin Sisah won gold in the Kuntau male adult category after a 3-2 victory over Husrin bin Bujeh from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council.
Both winners in the Cekak Asli and Kuntau finals received the coveted His Majesty’s Shield.
In the tanding finals, Mohd Izzammuddin bin Mohd Taha from the Tutong bagged the gold medal in the Class ‘A’ (45-50kg) event after a 3-0 win over Mohd Aysa’ari Amni bin Mohd Ariff from Brunei-Muara while Awangku Mohd Hadi bin Pengiran Abdul Rahman from the Belait won gold in Class ‘E’ (65-70kg) after a 3-0 win over Abdul Rasyid bin Jainuddin from Tutong.
The closing ceremony also saw Md Ali Rashid bin Haji Md Alipah receiving an award for best coach while Haji Abdul Rahim bin Karim was awarded the best wasit juri.
Participating teams during the championship, which began on July 26, also included the Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council and Perguruan Setia Hati.
Organised by the Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation (PERSIB), the tournament featured 25 events including tanding matches for both male and female adults at various classes as well as singles, doubles and team events.