Silat is one sports that officials in Brunei Darussalam believe would contribute a lot of medals to the Brunei team at the 20th SEA Games. Over the past few appearances, silat had been the mainstay of Brunei's outing in the biennial Games.
Brunei acquired its first SEA Games gold medal from the Malay traditional martial art-turn-international sports event in 1987 in Jakarta through the skills of Awg Zabidi Ali.
In 1993, Dyg Umikalsum, another silat exponent, brought further glory to Brunei with another gold from the Singapore SEA Games.
Brunei silat participants in the previous SEA Games also typically came home with a handful of silvers and bronzes.
Currently, 27 exponents, under the watchful eyes of coach Awg Hassan bin Hj Tuah, are undergoing intensive training to prepare for the up-coming SEA Games.
According to sources, the training involves improving the exponents' physical and mental fitness, and enhancing their stamina.
The training programme also include participation in competitions locally and overseas, which included a recent 10 days spell in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Brunei invited the Vietnam and Sarawak silat teams over for the Brunei Open not so long ago, and came up top of the table with seven gold medals. So, the potential for the Brunei silat team to do well in the 20th SEA Games is there; it is all a matter now of turning that potential into reality.
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