Wushu athletes steal the show at Sports Excellence Incentive Scheme

James Kon

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports through its Sports Excellence Incentive Scheme presented BND29,250 to athletes, coaches and sports associations who have excelled and obtained medals in international sports events last year.

The presentation was made during a ceremony at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.

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 made the presentation.

The majority of the Sports Excellence Incentive Scheme was presented to Wushu athletes who won medals, coaching staff and the Brunei Darussalam Wushu Federation for the impressive results at the 1st Asian Traditional Wushu Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China and FISU World University Wushu Championship 2018 in Macau, China.

Basma Lachkar who won gold medals in Taijiquan and Taijijian in the 1st Asian Traditional Wushu Championships 2018 received BND6,000 while Hosea Wong Zheng Yu who got silver medals in both Taijiquan and Taijijian received BND4,000.

Faustina Woo Wai Sii who partnered with Ling Dexuan in the Duilian and obtained a gold medal, received BND1,000 each.Ang Guat Lian received BND1,000 for her bronze medal in the FISU World University Wushu Championship 2018.

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 with senior officials, athletes and coaches at the ceremony. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

National Wushu Coach Li Hui, who guided the athletes, took home BND2,600.

Assistant coaches Ang Lu Guan received BND650 and Zhao Chun Jie received BND600. The Brunei Darussalam Wushu Federation was awarded BND2,600.

Anisah Najihah binti Abdullah, Qistina Athirah binti Zainal and Nur Najihah binti Abdul Hamid received BND2,000 each for winning the bronze medal in the women’s Seni Regu category of the 18th World Pencak Silat Championship 2018 in Singapore.

Coach Hassan bin Haji Tuah took home BND1,200 and the Brunei Darussalam Pencak Silat Federation was awarded BND1,200.

In fencing, Md Anaqi Danish bin Asahrin who won bronze in the men’s individual Saber at the Southeast Asia Fencing Federation 2018 in Kuala Lumpur received BND1,000 while national coach Yoshea Rayendra Poerawinata received BND200 and the Brunei Darussalam Fencing Federation received BND200.

Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud as the chairperson of the ceremony said the Sports Excellence Incentive Scheme is aimed to reward national athletes.

“The scheme is to recognise and appreciate the athletes for their success in bringing glory to the country in the regional and international stage as well as to appreciate the contribution of the coaches and the National Sports Associations,” he said.

Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal said nine athletes, four sports coaches, two assistant coaches and three sports associations were recognised for the Sports Excellence Incentive Scheme.

Addressing the athletes, he said, “Continue to work hard and bring glory to the country. It is hoped that senior and other athletes who have achieved success can become mentors to the young athletes by sharing their experience, skills and techniques.”