THE team manager of Sports School’s sepak takraw department, Hj Md Isa Hj Abu Bakar, said 12 athletes will represent the sultanate in the team, regu and doubles event in this year’s 8th ASEAN School Games (ASG).
Mohammad Muizzuddin Jamaludin, Muhd Nur Iman Awang Muhammad, Md Baharuddin Jamaludin, Mohd Kahirul Roslan, Ak Hisyam Pg Hassan, Muhammad Abd Marteen Hj Asdi, Muhd Nur Hazim Hamidun, Mohd Yazid Syarifuddin Mohd Salleh, Abd Hakim Abd Ghani, Muhd Zahifuddin Jefri, Syafiq Hazimin Ahmad Ghani and Mohd Khairil Wandi Rosli have been named to compete in this year’s edition to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from July 21 to 29.
The takraw team clinched a bronze last year from the 7th ASG held in Brunei, a repeat of their achievement in 2014 in Philippines.
“There will be some pressure to compete in this year’s ASG because we will be up against one of the toughest nations in speak takraw after Malaysia - the hosts Thailand,” said Hj Md Isa.
“We are also pushing for a local doubles takraw tournament in middle of July - a week before the games because we need to prepare our athletes for the new doubles category to be introduced in ASG.
“We have been training as often as we can despite the tough schedule adjustments during the Ramadhan but so far the team are doing well and they have not missed a single training session.
“However, just training alone is not enough to prepare for the games, so we need to compete in as many local tournaments as we can to get match fitness.
“Our target is to win at least one bronze in any of the three takraw events but hopefully we can do better,” he added.
Hj Md Isa will be expecting two of his athletes - Mohammad Muizzuddin and Muhd Nur Iman who will contest in doubles and team event - to shine at ASG.
“I am expecting Mohammad Muizzuddin and Muhd Nur Iman who were part of the team that won our only medal last year to shine this year.
“They have the most experience in the games especially Mohammad Muizzuddin who have been competing since 2014,” said Hj Md Isa.
“They’re very young, but they have played very well especially in the 5th NBT National Sepak Takraw Inter Regu Trophy last month.
“The team MSSSBD (Majlis Sukan Sekolah-Sekolah Brunei Darussalam) ‘A’ went as far as top two in the group stages, but due to point differences, they missed a chance to compete in the knock-out stages.
“I know they can secure another medal this year, but let's see how they will do,” he added.
Source: The Brunei Times