His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, President of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council in a sabda reminds the National Sports Associations to further improve their respective Sports Development Programme in order to produce more young athletes while hoping for what is available at the moment only. In a sabda at the National Flag Handing over Ceremony to Brunei Darussalam contingent to the 32nd Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020, His Royal Highness also reminded national sports associations to provide fair opportunities to all athletes without favouritism to participate in domestic championships at the national level and in regional as well as international championships.
Such an attitude, His Royal Highness stresses it should not happen in the association because it could affect sports development in the country. His Royal Highness expresses hope that the athletes who represented the country at the 32nd Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020 will show the best discipline and not waste the opportunity given by presenting the best achievements and strive to break their national or personal records. The Flag Handing over Ceremony took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas yesterday morning.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Surah Al- Fatihah led by Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin.
Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in his remarks reminds all athletes who representing the country to the Olympic to always abide by the guidelines set in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic enforced by Brunei Darussalam and Tokyo as well as adhere to the "Bubble" Olympic guidelines at all times.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah in a sabda calls on national sports associations to ensure that sports development programs are capable of producing women athletes to be featured not only in the Olympic Games but in all regional and international championship in response to the Mission and Role of the International Olympic Committee in the 'Olympic Charter', to encourage and promote women in sports at all levels and structures aims to implement the principle of equality of men and women.
His Royal Highness then handed over Brunei Darussalam flag to Dayang Umi Kalthum binti Haji Abdul Karim, Chef de Mission of Brunei Darussalam Contingent to the 32nd Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan 2020. Brunei Darussalam contingent comprising 2 athletes and 5 officers including Chef de Mission, liaison officer, secretariat officer and coach. The country will participate in two sports events, namely athletics and swimming. Mohd Firdaus Ar-Rasyid bin Haji Mohd Idris will join the men's 200 metre event and Muhammad Isa bin Awang Haji Ahmad will join the 100 metre breaststroke swimming event.
Source: Radio Television Brunei