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Brunei Darussalam NOC secures Olympic Scholarships

2011-09-27 09:34:00 OCA

25 Sep 2011, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei: National athletics coach Isidrol Del Prado and national swim coach Eric Landa lauded the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council for securing two London 2012 Olympic Scholarships for hurdler Maziah Mahusin and swimmer Anderson Lim Chee Wei, says a report in the Brunei Times. "This is the first time that a national athlete has been granted an Olympic Scholarship.

It will be a big help for her, to train for future local and international competitions alike," said Del Prado. Landa agreed, saying that the scholarship was a nice gesture and would help Brunei sport catch up with other countries.

"This scholarship happens to most of the developing countries and Brunei is like a developing country in sports because we are far behind. About 100 countries get the opportunity, like Brunei, to be granted the scholarship. Some countries have had four to six athletes receiving this Olympic Scholarship," said Landa.

"The population of Brunei is not very big to be able to get that amount of scholarships from the Olympics because it's very difficult to find good athletes here, so these two make the exception.

"But with that said, getting money alone won't make you go faster. What it does do is open up more opportunities to get better. We don't necessarily need to leave the country to get faster; we have a good programme here going on," he said. The athletes will each receive US$1,000 a month to help with their training from September 2011 to August 2012.

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