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KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 (Bernama) -- The National Sports Institute (NSI) will continue to give first class service to Malaysian athletes including finding new products that will help enhance their achievement in their respective sports.
NSI board chairman, Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said the institute had been given a challenging task to undertake sports development programme called Podium Programme to prepare the nation's best athletes for the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, which was an extension to the 'Road to Rio' project.
"We are given the task to undertake the Podium Programme, and when we talk about handling the best, the cream of the cream of athletes in Malaysia, we need to provide first class service and among those services are of course getting the best product available in the market for them.
"Other than this, we will also try to source better products outside from different types of goods and world class product to serve our athletes," he told reporters after witnessing the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpurd, Wednesday.
NSI signed the MoA with Permanis Sandilands Sdn Bhd and Curtin University, Sarawak (Curtin Sarawak).
Permanis Sandilands Sdn Bhd was represented by Marketing and Business Development vice president, R.Hemalatha.
In the three-year agreement with Permanis Sandilands Sdn Bhd, the company agreed to provide the dehydration and recovery drink named Gatorade, the world's number one sports drink to the athletes.
Meanwhile, on other MoA with Curtin Sarawak, NSI's chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz said the collaboration involved research and development (R&D) in the fields of engineering and technology in sports.
The collaboration will include R&D into the automated measurement of athletes' performance, management of data for the profiling of their performance, adaptation of medical and psychometric technology and computer-aided visual monitoring, management and administration of sports and any other areas determined.
According to the agreement, the research activities will be carried out at both NSI in Kuala Lumpur and the Curtin Sarawak campus in Miri.
The collaboration will also provide the opportunity for the NSI to send up to four of their staff for enrolment as Curtin PhD candidates.
"Curtin Sarawak is well known for its strengths in engineering and technology, and that will help to promote advancements in sports science and sports medicine in Malaysia," Dr Ramlan said.
Curtin Sarawak was represented by its Research and Development Dean Prof Clem Kuek while Dr Ramlan signed the MoA on behalf of NSI.