Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Follow Chong Wei's Footsteps By Adopting Sports Science In Training - Khairy

YB Menteri turut meluangkan masa bertemu dan memberi amanat khas kepada warga ISN

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) -- World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei is an example of world class athletes who take their career and sports science seriously, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Khairy said the world renown player was among athletes who adopt sports science in their training regime to beef up their physical and psychological strength to remain competitive despite being 30-years-old.

"At the age of 30, Chong Wei can still perform at the highest level but the awareness of sports science among other athletes is still low. We (ministry) will work with the National Sports Institute (ISN) and National Sports Associations (NSA) to encourage the application of sports science in their training sessions.

"We do not want to see athletes using the sports science approach just for reviewing their performances on video alone. The review video request is high among our athletes but sports science is more than just reviews but involves nutrition, psychology and physical condition of athletes," he said after visiting ISN, here, Tuesday.

Khairy said coaches too must play an important role in the use of sports science among athletes by adopting the approach during training.

"If we talk about modern sports, it is based on the application of sports science to prepare athletes physically, mentally and psychologically," he said.

Khairy said the ministry was in the process of preparing a strategic plan to turn ISN into a world class centre by 2020.

"We will carry out several initiatives to enhance its role by upgrading the staff, expertise and facilities to improve the performance and standard of the athletes," he said.

Meanwhile, Khairy said the ministry was in the final stages of selecting the Sports Commissioner, a post held by Datuk Mohd Yasin Mohd Salleh since 2010 until his contract expired in April, 2013.

"There are two candidates for the post," he said but did not reveal any names.


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