Sunday, January 23, 2011

Compress to expand.

Inter-Ministry Sports Festival kicks off

Sunday, January 23, 2011

2353 participants to compete for 167 medals on offer.

A TOTAL of 2353 officers and staff will battle for 167 medals as the Inter-Ministry Sports Festival officially kicked off at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas yesterday.

The numbers only make up 4.9 per cent of those working in the civil service and Acting Director of the Department of Youth and Sports (JBS) Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohammad is trying to encourage more to partake in future editions of the annual tournament.

"In this case, the organising committee members need to think of strategies and steps to increase the number of participants of government officers and staff in the future," said Hj Abd Malik, chairman of the organising committee.

Meanwhile guest of honour, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah, hopes that the eight-day competition will enlighten participants of the role sport plays in daily life.

"With this tournament, we will increase awareness of the role of sport in physical health, mental, spirit of success and understanding among officers and staff," said the minister.

"Through sports, officers and staff can decrease the level of stress in the office and avoid a number of chronic diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, diabetes and others," he added.

Pehin Dato Hj Hazair also shared the preliminary findings of the Ministry of Health's 2009 integrated health screening that involved 7,600 officers and staff in the civil service. It showed that 63.4 per cent of the participants were obese, 55.2 per cent with high level of cholestrol, 14.7 per cent with high blood pressure and 14.2 per cent had high levels of glucose.

"Therefore, the ministries must campaign to encourage officers and staff to exercise to avoid health risks," said the minister.

Following the launching of the multi-sport event, Ministry of Development representative Ak Mohd Saiful Azri Pg Roslee, the 2009 Borneo Games "Best Male Athlete", read the sports pledge before the guest of honour was introduced to the head of each contingents respectively.

The annual competition is a combination of two different tournaments; the Inter Ministry Sports Championship organised by the JBS under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Inter Ministry Sports Championship in conjunction with the Civil Service Day organised by the Civil Service Department under the Prime Minister's Office.

Twelve contingents will compete in 10 venues over the course of eight days in 11 sports: 9-ball pool, 10-pin bowling, athletics, badminton, darts, futsal, netball, sepak takraw, top-spinning (gasing), tug-of-war and volleyball.

Held in conjunction with last year's 17th Civil Service Day, the tournament aims to fulfill the National Sports Policy, specifically, in the category of community sports.

The Prime Minister's Office enter the tournament as favourites after winning last year's edition with 14 gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals.

The Ministry of Defence came in second with eight gold, five silver and nine bronze medals while the Ministry of Education claimed third with seven gold, nine silver and five bronze.The Brunei Times


The famous Police Band

The Ministry of Finance


The MoFAT

The MoHA

I do have a couple of buddies here at PMO's contingent

The MoRA.
Leading the contingent is a combination of LFC & MUFC fanatics!

The PMO again.
They are the defending champion as well.

Ak Mohammad Saiful Azri of The Ministry of Development

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