Brunei’s SEA Games’ athletes still ‘GOLDless’?

10 12 2009

“DON’T STOP fighting and don’t give up hope” (to borrow wise words of a young American survivor of two cancer ordeals) would be the best encouragement to all the Bruneian athletes still slugging it out in the 25th Laos SEA Games since a few days ago until December 18, 2009.

The Karate martial arts exponents from Brunei Darussalam today won the country’s first three Bronze medals. A total of 39 top-notch Bruneian athletes, including His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah who is taking part in the Billiards and Snooker event, are vying for top spots in this premier regional sports meet.

Brunei are participating in seven events namely billiards and snooker, athletics, karatedo, pencak silat, sepak takraw, taekwando and wushu.

Medal Tally (thus far)
No. Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Thailand 13 20 15 48
2 Singapore 12 4 9 25
3 Vietnam 11 9 10 30
4 Indonesia 11 5 14 30
5 Philippines 5 8 7 20
6 Malaysia 4 7 15 26
7 Laos 4 3 11 18
8 Myanmar 2 4 7 13
9 Cambodia 1 3 4 8
10 Brunei 0 0 3 3
11 Timor Leste 0 0 1 1
Grand Total 63 63 96 222

Altogether 390 medals are at stake in a total of 25 games being competed this year. In the last SEA Games which were held in Thailand in 2007, Brunei managed to win one gold, one silver and four bronze.

Brunei’s largest contingent ever to participate in the meet was in the 1999 SEA Games in Bandar Seri Begawan where 479 athletes took part which saw Brunei winning 4 gold, 12 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Are our national athletes losing the fighting spirit in international sporting events just yet? It remains to be seen in this year’s SEA Games in Vientiane.

After some pretty bad news for the nation in terms of sporting development and international sports participations in recent years, at least one Gold medal victory in the Laotian Games to end this year’s achievement would be welcome GREAT NEWS for the people and country most definitely! 😉





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