Need For Comprehensive Sports Development Programme

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council in a sabda stressed that the Southeast Asian, SEA Games becomes a main platform to assess the national athlete's ability to compete at a higher level such as the Olympics. In a sabda at the Flag Handover Ceremony yesterday morning to the Brunei Darussalam contingent for the 30th SEA Games at the Philippines, His Royal Highness underlined the need for stakeholders to provide sports development programme that is comprehensive for the short, medium and long term in the country's effort to place highly prestigious sports on a stronger platform. His Royal Highness also highlighted the need to continuously and effectively implement such programme, monitor its development and review it from time to time.

Upon arrival at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Also present was Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah binti His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in his welcoming remarks said that this year's national contingent involves young athletes who will compete in the SEA Games for the very first time. Their involvement is viral as it reflects the continuous sports development, especially to ensure that the country will have new generations who will continue to further raise the country's name in future championships in the future.

His Royal Highness in the sabda said that the handover of the national flag to the country's contingent for the 30th SEA Games has its own significance. It was a form of trust and the country as well as the people's high hope that are placed on the national contingent as they proudly carry and wave the flag, while competing at their very best.

His Royal Highness handed over the national flag to Awang Haji Muhd Zamri bin Dato Paduka Haji Hamdani, the contingent's Chef de Mission. The national contingent has 161 people comprising 87 athletes and 74 officers. In this year's SEA Games, Brunei Darussalam will compete in 14 events including aquatics, track and field, fencing, football and wushu. The country's contingent will leave for Manila, the Philippines in stages starting today.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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