KUCHING: Over 250 participants from all over the country, including host Sarawak attended the 3rd East Malaysia Coaching and Sports Symposium and Sports Science Seminar 2017 which was held at Riverside Majestic Hotel starting Tuesday.
The event is jointly organised by Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC), National Sports Institute (ISN), UiTM Sarawak and Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Tun Abdul Razak (IPGKTAR) of Kota Samarahan. According to SSC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ong Kong Swee the three-day event aims to provide a relevant stage to develop the knowledge of sports coordinators, team managers, coaches, sports enthusiasts, physical education teachers, and lecturers from universities and teacher training institutes in sharing of resources and expertise among the participants.
“We are satisfied with the encouraging response towards event and there are even participants who are from overseas,” he said on event which will further boost sports development in Sarawak. Also present in event are Allan Black and Timothy O’Brien from ISN, National Coaching Academy (AKK), representatives of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (ADAMAS).
There will also be a number of sports science experts from University Malaya (UM), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and University Sains Malaysia (USM) who are presenting their papers and talks during the event. The opening session which was held on Tuesday morning featured a talk by Associate Professor Dr Tengku Fadilah Tengku Kamalden who is an expert on sports nutrition, anatomy and exercise physiology and also chairperson of International Society of Performance Analysis of Sports Asia (ISPASA).
She spoke on the importance of using sports science as the winning edge in coaching of present and future athletes because of the various approaches that can be learned and adapted that may contribute to achieving podium success.
She also cited past studies conducted on that subject, including the one on Malaysia’s former world number one squash player, Datuk Nicol David who was the subject in a sports science study conducted by a team from Belgium.
According to her, the study was interesting because it suggested that Nicol can remain as the world’s top squash player for about eight years before other younger contenders can give a stiff fight to the Malaysian player.