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SPORTS COMMISSION SIGNS MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT WITH BRUNEI

The Australian Sports Commission has entered into a $1,065,000 contract with the Brunei Darussalam Ministry o f Culture, Youth and Sport to assist in preparing the Brunei team for the 1999 South East Asian (SEA) Games.

Announcing this today, the Minister for Sport and Tourism, The Hon Jackie K elly MP, said that this was yet another indication o f the sophistication o f the Australian sports system and its export potential.

“ This Commission, and the Australian Institute o f Sport, are internationally renowned, and Asian countries ^p a rticu la r are keen to draw upon our expertise. We w ill use the contract as a means o f forging closer long-term links with Brunei. For example, we are in the process o f negotiating a higher level o f sports competition between Darwin and Brunei, including representation o f virtually the whole Brunei team at the 1999 Arafura Games in Darwin” , the Minister said.

“ The Brunei contract follows commercial consultancies that the ASC has recently completed in The Philipppines and Thailand,” the Minister added. “ In addition, under the Government- funded Australia Asia Sports Linkages Program, closer contacts are being forged at Governmental level with a range o f Asian countries so as to build closer sporting links associated with the Sydney Olympics.”

The Minister continued: “ The Government has also established Australia Sport International as a non-profit company to assist Australian companies and sporting organisations to gain access to foreign sporting markets.”

The SEA Games are a biennial contest between the 10 ASEAN nations and involve some 3000 athletes Brunei is to host the Games for the first time in August 1999. The Games preparation program to be undertaken by the ASC has been generously funded by the Brunei Shell Petroleum Company.

The ASC contract involves providing expertise in sports management, coaching, competition organisation and the sports sciences. It was signed today by the Commission, the Brunei Ministey and Brunei Shell Co., in the presence o f His Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah, who is also Chairman o f the SEA Games Organising Committee.

Further information:

Minister K elly’s Office Australian Sports Commission

Peter Cassuben Phil R uff

M inister fo r S port and Tourism

Wednesday, 13 January 1999 003 99

(02) 6277 7080 0417 980 009

(02)6214 1261

( W1R094

House. Canberra ACT 2600 Tel: (02) 6277 7080 Fax: (02) 6273 4571