By Zareef Muzammil
SHAH ALAM, July 16 — The empowerment of the sports science unit is expected to have a positive impact on the performance of Selangor athletes in the 21st Malaysian Games (Sukma) scheduled for August 2024 in Sarawak, says state executive councillor for sports Mohd Khairuddin Othman.
He said that the special unit coordinated by the Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) has been strengthened since last year, focusing on assessing the performance of the athletes and their current needs.
“Previously, sports science was mainly associated with injury recovery and medical aspects. But what we have done now is we are strengthening the unit.
“The unit would assess athletes’ performance, playing techniques, physique, and other needs such as clothing and footwear.
“With this unit, we are confident that the Selangor contingent can achieve their goal to win the overall games,” he said.
Speaking at the Selangor XTIV e-Sports Robotix Skills programme yesterday, Kahiruddin said MSNS recently collaborated with the Korea Sports Association in Malaysia to assist in providing support in sports science.
“The collaboration includes sharing expertise in sports science, research development, sports management, and high-performance training programmes,” he said.
Khairuddin further stated Selangor will send its athletes to compete in all 37 sports featured in the upcoming Sukma games.
“We will participate in all (sporting events) and are always prepared with trained athletes,” he said.
The upcoming Sukma is scheduled to take place from August 17 to 24, 2024, which includes eight divisions in Sarawak, namely Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu, and Miri.