KUCHING (August 2): Fifty-nine participants attended the virtual Level I Sports Science Course organised by the Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) and Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) in collaboration with the National Coaching Academy and National Sports Institute of Malaysia from July 26 to 30.

They comprised 26 coaches of the Sarawak Sports Corporation and Sarawak State Sports Council and representatives from associations, government agencies, private agencies and six elite athletes from karate, tennis and athletics.

In the closing ceremony, SSC chief executive officer Dr Ong Kong Swee, who is also MSNS director, hoped that the knowledge gained during this course by the participants will be applied during the next training and produce world class athletes.

“The application of sports science in sports training is a pillar for producing athletic performance to the international level up to the 0lympics level.

“The process to achieve this performance may take at least five years or more. It also covers all aspects of sports science such as nutrition, sports psychology, performance

analysis, sports technology, biomechanics, “strength and conditioning” and not just specific coaching,” he said.

According to Ong, similar courses will be held more frequently in Sarawak although they will be conducted online.

He advised all participants to take good care of themselves and always follow the latest Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to break the Covid-19 chain in their training.

“For now, all coaches and athletes need to follow the SOP instructions that have been set because we all have to live with this inevitable pandemic,” Ong added.

Seven speakers were invited to share knowledge namely Gordon Nicolaus Jemat (UiTM Kota Samarahan), Wan Norafzan Wan Mahadi (National Coaching Academy), Dr Chin Ngien Siong (Institute of Teacher Training Batu Lintang Campus), Siti Soraya Mohd Elias (UiTM Shah Alam), Assoc Prof Dr Pathmanathan Suppiah (Universiti Malaysia Sabah), Wan Firdaus Wan Chik (UiTM Kota Samarahan) and Nageswary Thiagarajan (Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia).

Also present were National Coaching Academy officer Hisham Arif Zainal Abidin, SSC officer Adilaila Samshuddin and SSSC officer Zaiton Muhamad.

The rationale for organising this course is to upgrade the quality of coaching with approaches in the field of sports science and training programmes.

The knowledge imparted is able to guide the coaches to a higher level and subsequently produce more high quality Sarawak athletes.

Source: The Borneo Post

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