BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
THE FIFTH ASEAN School Games was officially opened by the Vice State President of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Doan in Hanoi on Sunday, with Brunei among the eight Asean countries in the fray.
Held at the Hanoi Indoor Athletics Palace, the opening ceremony was graced with a variety of cultural performances from the participating countries in this year's tournament which was performed by Vietnam School Students, according to a press release issued by the Co-curriculum Education Department, Ministry of Education yesterday.
Present as special guests and representatives of Brunei Darussalam were Acting Head Director of Education, Hj Kassim Hj Mohd Yassin and Acting Principal of Sports School, Pg Hj Zahari Pg Hj Ahmad.
This year, the 79-member Brunei contingent comprising of 51 athletes from secondary schools and 28 secretariat officer are attending the games.
The country's athletes will be participating in six out the nine sports: athletics, badminton, table tennis, sepak takraw, silat and swimming,
A total of 1,500 athletes from eight ASEAN countries are competing.
Hosts Vietnam are joined by Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Laos.
The ASEAN School Games began on Saturday and will end next Sunday.
This is the fifth year Brunei has participated in the games since 2009.
Brunei produced their best showing of the annual tournament last year after winning eight silver and six bronze medals in Surabaya, Indonesia all coming from pencak silat, which was held for the first time.
Brunei sent 17 silat exponents out of the 79-athlete team to Surabaya, and all of them returned home with a medal.
A previous report in The Brunei Times states that Thailand defended their 2011 title with a medal haul of 38 gold, 28 silver and 47 bronze last year.
Hosts Indonesia were runners-up with 33 gold, 33 silver and 27 bronze medals.
Malaysia were third with 29 gold, 36 silver and 35 bronze medals.
Brunei will hold the Games in 2015.The Brunei Times
Source : http://www.bt.com.bn/sports-national/2013/06/25/fifth-asean-school-games-officially-kicks