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Brunei bowlers seek medals

23 Feb 06 03:30

Crown Princess Sarah holds the Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton on the steps of the Sultan's mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan.  

Brunei's Crown Princess Sarah on the steps of the Sultan's mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan.

Brunei Darussalam’s hopes for breaking their Commonwealth medal drought will rest on their Lawn Bowls challenge in Melbourne.

The 11-member Brunei Darussalam team will only compete in the Lawn Bowls in Melbourne, aiming to build on their success at last year’s South East Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, where they claimed the Men’s Triples championship.

Brunei Darussalam has competed at every Commonwealth Games since Auckland in 1990, but has yet to claim a medal.

The President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council, Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, has handed over the national flag to Awang Japar bin Bangkol, the chef-de-mission of the Brunei contingent in Melbourne.

The Prince congratulated the Lawn Bowls team for their achievements and said he hoped their success would set a good example for other sport associations to follow.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Major General Dato Awang Haji Mohammad bin Haji Daud has urged the athletes travelling to Melbourne to ensure they remain focused on their daily training.

He said that focus would be the best way to ensure they had the skills, techniques, tactics and self-confidence to face their opponents at the Commonwealth Games.

The Lawn Bowls team will feature all four of the team members who picked up gold at the Manilla Games, with the prestigious Singles position going to Hj Naim Brahim. In the Pairs, SEA Games medallist Pg Md Salleh Chuchu Pg Hj Tuah will partner with Abd Rahman Hj Omar, while Lokman Hj Md Salleh will return to Triples competition alongside Hj Osman Hj Yahya and Ampuan Ahad Ampuan Kassim.

The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls competition will take place at the State Lawn Bowls Centre from 16 – 24 March.

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