Cycling event to be extended to other districts

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Riadah Berbasikal Keputeraan 2016 will be extended to other districts commencing October due to the success of the mass cycling event that was held last week that saw the participation of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, said the acting director of the Youth and Sports Department.

In a speech during a certificate presentation ceremony for cyclists who participated in the 70 km bike expedition of the Riadah Berbasikal Keputeraan 2016, Zafri Hj Mohamed said that the upcoming cycling events will be held separately for each district.

He added that the events will be organised by the Youth and Sports Department under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports with the cooperation of a number of agencies including the Brunei Darussalam Cycling Federation (BDCF).

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Vice President of the BDCF, Mat Yassin Hj Abdullah said that these future cycling events will act as follow ups to the initial event that was held on August 14.

He said that the main aim of the events is to further commemorate and enliven His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 70th birthday.

“At the same time, we want these events to inspire more Bruneians, particularly youths to take up cycling as a means to achieve a healthier lifestyle,” he continued.

“We hope that a large number of youths would participate in the cycling events because these youths, we need to keep them busy with healthy activities in order for them to not immerse themselves with inappropriate activities,” he said.

Similar to the Riadah Berbasikal Keputeraan 2016 that was held at the capital, the bike routes that will be used for these future cycling events is aimed to highlight each district’s landmarks and iconic destinations to promote each district for tourism purposes, he added.

Mat Yassin went on to say that the cycling events will also act as a platform for the national cycling team coaches, who are members of the BDCF, to scout for talented cyclists that have the potential to join the national cycling team’s ranks.

He said that registration will be free therefore anyone, including foreigners will be able to participate in the cycling events.

“We are still in discussions with the relevant agencies and so far, a specific date has not been set,” he added.

The Brunei Times