Bandar Seri Begawan became the focal point as thousands of people especially cyclists took part in the 'Semangat Kebangsaan 2020' Cycling Recreation yesterday morning. The atmosphere in the capital became more lively as 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 joined the event. Also present were His Majesty's sons and brother, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; and His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah. The 'Semangat Kebangsaan 2020' Cycling Recreation, which began and ended at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien, was held in conjunction with the 36th National Day.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Cabinet Ministers led 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.
Shortly after arriving, His Majesty launched the 'Semangat Kebangsaan 2020' Cycling Recreation and signed a framed special jersey that had been specially commissioned for the occasion.
His Majesty then led the 11.5 kilometre cycling event, passing through several main roads around the capital. The presence of His Majesty and members of the Royal Family at such an event every year is highly anticipated by all walks of life. The cycling event was also joined by Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries as well as the public including foreigners.
The event coincided with the Bandarku Ceria Programme, which further enlivened the atmosphere in the capital. The 'Semangat Kebangsaan 2020' Cycling Recreation was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports with the Ministry of Home Affairs; Ministry of Religious Affairs; Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications and other ministries as well as the Brunei Darussalam Cycling Federation.
The event route passed through Jalan Pretty; Jalan Elizabeth Dua, Jalan Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien; Jalan Kianggeh; Jalan Sekolah; Jalan Kumbang Pasang; Jalan Gadong; Jalan Perdana Menteri and Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha before ending at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien.
His Majesty's involvement and high sportsmanship made the Monarch as an example for the citizens and residents in carrying out sports activities in together practising a healthy and active lifestyle.
Every time such an event is held, it receives encouraging response from the public. This activity is in line with the declaration of 'Cycling as the Country's Hobby' during the Golden Jubilee Cycling Recreation in 2017. The cycling recreation can also increase the youth's involvement in sports.
Shortly after completing the event, His Majesty and other members of the Royal Family watched the march past led by 36 cyclists from 4 districts who have completed the 36-kilometre route. Also joining the march past were the youth from various age groups. His Majesty also watched a performance by the National Service trainees.
His Majesty then received a Pasambah presented by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. His Majesty also received Junjung Ziarah from the SEA Games 2019 contingent. Before taking a closer look at the Bandarku Ceria activities and exhibitions, His Majesty mingled with parents and guardians of the National Service trainees.
Source: Radio Television Brunei