Brunei Sports Minister attends MINEPS V
Berlin, 30 May 2013 - BRUNEI Darussalam attended the MINEPS V, which took place between May 28 and 30, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin, the Republic of the Federation of Germany, and was represented by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah.
The conference was officiated by the Chancellor of the Republic of the Federation of Germany, Angela Merkel and Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General.
The three-day convention was also attended by 130 countries’ representatives.
Also in attendance was Pehin Datu Panglima Colonel (Rtd) Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil bin Haji Ahmad, the Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Republic of the Federation of Germany, Awang Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, as well as senior officers at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The convention discussed access to sports as rights for all people, with emphasis towards involving more women and people with special needs.
It was also aimed at encouraging investment in sports through the implementation of quality programmes.
Attendees also discussed the issues of sports integrity involving ‘match-fixing’, illegal gambling, drugs and corruption in sports.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia Haji Hazair raised that Brunei has never backed out from supporting the UNESCO conventions in tackling issues in the bid to eliminate discrimination against women and people with special needs in sports, and reassured the Sultanate’s pledge to cooperate with member countries in ensuring that the ethics and integrity of sports are not violated.
Pehin Dato Haji Hazair also said that Brunei gives the opportunities to people with special needs to participate in sports by providing the right environment and amenities to help them focus on developing their skills and abilities.
The minister also reassured Brunei’s long-standing effort in giving the same support, be it financially, spiritually or physically, to all sportsmen and women in general.
The conference of MINEPS V also saw the Berlin Declaration passed, which presses countries to increase their commitment to international agreements relating to physical education and sports.
This is to ensure the declaration’s effective execution and supervision in Cooperation with the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sports (CIGEPS).