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Shot in the arm for sports medicine

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

SPORTS medicine in the country is set to get a shot in the arm with the 2nd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports Medicine Course.

The four-day event at a hotel in the capital kicked off yesterday with the aim of providing participants the opportunity to better understand the basic principles and concepts underlying sports medicine and sports science.

Organised by the Department of Youth and Sports and the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BNOC), the course’s objectives are to raise the awareness of local sports personnel and athletes in the fields of athletic training, doping control, exercise, physical therapy and sports trauma.

The President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BNOC) His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah officially declared the course open.

Twenty papers will be delivered by seven authorities from Asia over the duration of the course, with a workshop on first aid and resuscitation on Thursday afternoon marking the event’s climax.

This year marks the second time that Brunei has been given the privilege to host the event, the first being in 1998.

Conducted under the auspices of the IOC Medical Commission and funded by the Olympic Solidarity, 300 participants comprising members of the local and foreign medical profession and sporting fraternity are attending the course.

In his speech, the Chairman of the Medical Commission of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said that the response for the course was better than expected.

“I am thoroughly impressed with the turnout,” said Datuk Dr M Jegathesan, who is on the panel of speakers.

“One of the key elements in deciding which country should host the course was a previous track record, and we were happy with Brunei’s efforts during the first course.

“The purpose of this course is to impart knowledge in sports science to all here, and we hope to extend its critical mass (of knowledge),” added the Deputy President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

Other speakers include Maj Gen Dr C Thurairaja, Datuk Dr Ramlan Abd Aziz, Professor Sukadiyanto and Dr Nazar Luqman Bilgrami.

Dr Hj Danish Zaheer, Head of Sports Medicine and Research Centre under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will be delivering three papers and Brunei’s Ilham Hj Mohd Ali will deliver a paper on “Nutrition for Elite Athletes” tomorrow.

Adviser to the Medical Committee of the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) and Honorary Medical Adviser of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Datuk Dr M Jegathesan presented papers on the Olympic Movement Medical Code, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Standards and WADA Anti-Doping Code 2009 yesterday.

Maj Gen Dr C Thurairaja talked about “Pre-Sports Participation Examination” while Professor Sukadiyanto gave an overview of Sports Psychology.

It will be a busy day for participants today with seven papers set to be delivered; “Adolescent and Children in Sports”, “Elite Athlete Training Principles”, “Pre-Competition Routines in Sports”, “Principles of Sports Injury Rehabilitation”, “Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sports”, “Sports Biomechanics and Performance”, and lastly, “Sudden Cardiovascular Death in Sports”.

Tomorrow’s focus will be on “Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Knee Deficit in Women”, “Goal-Setting Techniques in Sports”, “Health Consequence of Doping and Nutrition for Elite Athletes”.

A workshop on taping is also in the programme.

Talks on “Fieldside Assessment of Injuries”, “International Development in Sports Science and Physical Education”, “Stress Management in Sports and Women in Sports” will be delivered on Thursday. Courtesy of BruneiTimes

Asia beat Europe in 9-Ball tournament

Monday, January 18, 2010

Asia vs Europe Men’s 9-Ball Team Challenge 2010 came to an end last night after the three days events held at the Rizqun International Hotel.

Captained by Ralf Souquet, nicknamed ‘The Kaiser’ and ‘The Surgeon’, European team turned down by Asia Team 9-ball team in the final match by five frame to two.

The last match saw Django Bustamante of the Philippines securing the 9-ball title to beat Nick Van Den Berg of Holland.

The Team Champion received US$27,000, whilist the Team Runner Up bagged US$13,000. The Single Match Winner will bring home US$ 5,000.

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MUSC is currently on a membership registration drive where members entitled to purchase the official member club wear at a discounted price.

Registration forms can be obtained from Safari Bistro restaurant in Kiulap or downloaded from their Facebook fanpage ‘Manchester United Supporters Club (Brunei) – Facebook Group’.

Submit completed forms to Muhammad Syazni (8168450) for those residing in the Belait district or Siti Rahmadiatul (8632492) for those in Tutong.

Interested members in the Brunei Muara district can contact Sarimah (8142779), Farryzul (8819600) or Rabbani (8135556).

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HIS Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik yesterday (15 January 2009) officiated the first ever Asia Vs Europe Men’s 9-Ball Team Challenge 2010 that is currently being held at the Rizqun International Hotel.

Organised by the Brunei Cue Sports Association with the support of Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports through the Department of Youth and Sports and sponsored by GHK Motors Sdn Bhd, the event is sanctioned by the Asian Pocket Billiard Union and the European Pocket Billiard Federation. The championship has attracted top professional 9-ball players from Europe and Asia who will be battling to prove which team is the best.

Ralf Souquet, ranked world Not is leading a contingent of four European members – Darren Appleton and Imran Majid from Great Britain, Ruslan Chinahov from Russia, Nick Van Den Berg from Holand against the likes of Efren “Bata” Reyes the magician, Francisco Bustamante, Ko Pin-Yi and Lu Hui Chan both from Chinese Taipei and Brunei own Teo Chee Soon of Team Asia.

Dato Paduka Haji Jemat bin Hj Ampal, the co-chairman of the organising committee and President of Brunei Cue Sports Association (BCSA) in his welcoming remark said, “We are honoured and very proud to organise the first ever world class 9-ball continental team event where five world top ranking professional players from Europe and five top ranking players have been invited to represent each region in the Asia VS Europe 9-ball team challenge 2010.”

He expressed, “It is hoped that the tournament will give the opportunity for the people of Brunei Darussalam especially young pool players and enthusiasts to see the great players in action and be inspired by them.
“Besides fostering closer friendship, the tournament between Asian and European players is also aimed at upgrading the level of professionalism in Cue Sports in the country. The involvement of our local referees, technical staff and volunteers in the tournament will certainly be of great benefit and a valuable experience,” he added.

Dato Paduka Haji Jemat also highlighted “It is hoped that Brunei’s only player in the prestigious tournament will gain some game experience from other professional players. It is also hoped that tournament such as this would further attract more of our youths to participate in Cue Sports, not only for recreational purposes but also to be competitive.”

After the speech, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik officiated the championship with a break shot, followed by the introduction to the participating players and receiving a pesambah from Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin.

Following a short break, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik also witnessed the first match up of the championship between Team Asia represented by Ko Pin-Yi and Lu Hui Chan who faced Ruslan Chinahov and Nick Van Den Berg of Team Europe. Team Asia won easily with a score line of 5-1. Photo courtesy of infofoto

Asia vs Europe 9-Ball Team Challange

Thursday, January 14, 2010

THE Asia versus Europe Men’s 9-Ball Team Challenge will be held at Sutra Hall, Rizqun International Hotel from Jan 15-17.

This event is co-organised by the Brunei Darussalam Cue Sports Association supported by the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports and sponsored by GHK Motors Sdn Bhd.

The event is sanctioned by Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) and European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF)

A total of US$45,000 prize money will be up for grabs with the team champion getting US$27,000, team runner-up (US$13,000), single match winner US$5,000 and US$500 per match. There will be 10 matches throughout the 3 days event.

The Asian team players will comprise of Teo Chee Soon (Brunei Darussalam), Ko Pin Yi (Taiwan), Lu Hui Chan (Taiwan), Efren Reyes (Philippines) and Francisco Bustamante (Philippines).

The European team players are Ko Ralf Souquet (Germany), Niels Feijen (Holland), Imran Majid (Great Britain), Darren Appleton (Great Britain) and Ruslan Chinahov (Russia).

Teo Chee Soon of Brunei Darussalam is currently ranked No 50 in APBU ranking (Nov 2009) and ranked No 2 in Brunei National Pool Ranking.

Ko Pin Yi from Taipei City whose nickname is Prince of Pool is currently ranked No 1 in APBU ranking (Nov 2009) and No 11 in world ranking (Oct 2009) while compatriot Lu Hui Chan nicknamed Whirlwind Kid is currently ranked No 10 in APBU (Nov 2009) and No 15 in the world (Oct 2009).

`The Magician’ Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes from the Philippines is currently ranked No 15 in APBU (March 2009) and No 122 in the world (May 2009) while Francisco Bustamante nicknamed Django is currently ranked No 32 in APBU (March 2009) and also No 32 in the world ranking (May 2009).

Ko Ralf Souguet of Germany nicknamed The Kaiser and The Surgeon is currently ranked No 1 in Europe (Oct 2009) and also No 1 in world ranking (Oct 2009) while Niels Feijen of Holland nicknamed The Terminator is currently ranked No 2 in Europe (Oct 2009) and No 3 in world ranking (Oct 2009).

Ruslan Chinahov of Russia is currently ranked No 19 in Europe (Oct 2009) and No 31 in the world ranking (Oct 2009).

In conjunction to this events, public is more welcome to see the competitions for free.

FIFA eye on FFBD or BAFA

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Brunei Darussalam football enthusiasts is expected to roar again locally and abroad, when DPMM FC have offered an opportunity to compete in the upcoming season of the Singapore League (S-League) by Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

DPMM FC participation for the S-League new season which was schedule to start next month is yet to be confirmed by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) authoriasations.

DPMM FC were dropped from the tournament after FIFA banned Brunei football clubs to play international football after Brunei Registrar of Societies deregistered BAFA on 15 November 2008 and failed to appeal after one month notice.

Since then, Football Federation of Brunei Darussalam (FFBD) was born on 26 November 2008 and being the new national football body, but was then not recognised by FIFA.

According to FIFA, BAFA was suspended due to government interference in its affairs before FFBD took place.

Should the authorities reinstate BAFA by 7 January, DPMM FC will be back on track for the title run as per deadline given by FAS before DPMM FC can participate.

Becoming one of the top three club in the S-League tables throughout their tournament periods, DPMM FC won Brunei football fans hearts when they won the Singapore League Cup in June last year, putting down SAF FC in the final. DPMM FC also remarked a clean record playing at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

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