UiTM Vice Chancellor (Students Affairs) Prof Dr Azizan Abdullah (centre) officiating the UiTM Staff Sports Carnival (Karista) as Dr Jamil (second left), Deputy Senior Registrar Nor Amiruddin Mokhtaruddin (left), UiTM's Sports Centre Director Mustaza Ahmad (second right) and UiTM's Sports Unit Head Dr Mohd Shafiq Abdullah (right) look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak is looking forward to expanding its sports database profiling system for staff nationwide.

Speaking to the reporters at the launching ceremony of Karnival Sukan Staf (Karista) UiTM 2020 here yesterday, UiTM rector Prof Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali said setting up an integrated data analytic for sports would enable the management to track and showcase athletes and staff’s performance.

“It is crucial for a university like UiTM to be prepared, especially in infrastructural improvement and human development to equip our staff.

“Using analytic data, especially in sports, can help us to achieve an optimum outcome,” he said.

UiTM Vice Chancellor (Students Affairs) Prof Dr Azizan Abdullah (centre) officiating the UiTM Staff Sports Carnival (Karista) as Dr Jamil (second left), Deputy Senior Registrar Nor Amiruddin Mokhtaruddin (left), UiTM’s Sports Centre Director Mustaza Ahmad (second right) and UiTM’s Sports Unit Head Dr Mohd Shafiq Abdullah (right) look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

Describing big data sports as systematic and efficient, he also said that sport analytic data had been widely utilised by the international football industry.

“Besides tracking athletes and players’ performances and achievements, football analytic data also enables   the best strategy to be applied to the games.

“We can study the players’ position during the games in order to evaluate game strategies, players’ roles, performances from the broad fields of statistics and information science,” he added.

The rector also said while they were looking forward to improvement, the cost of big data development was among the big challenges.

“There is no doubt that this system serves as an important management resource,” he said.