PUTRAJAYA: It was a day of triple joy for the National Sports Institute (NSI).
The NSI signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with three parties – Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) Consultancy and Training Sdn Bhd, Yakult Malaysia and Monash University Malaysia – to give the institute an edge on research, health, education and sports technology.
Through the collaboration with UMP, eight sports – athletics, football, rugby, swimming, badminton, cycling, weightlifting and sepak takraw – will enjoy a new method of identifying talents for the future.
Called the NSI Sports Talent Compass Software, a brainchild of Professor Dr Zahari Taha, the smart system will be able to store information of 500,000 candidates and assist in predicting potential elite athletes.
NSI chief operating officer Datuk Dr Khairi Zawi was pleased with the local-based innovation.
“This system is in its early stage. Data will be collected when an athlete is nine years old. The smart software is able to predict the potential of an athlete,” said Khairi.
“Based on all the data collected, the system will be able to predict how an athlete will fare when he or she is 16.
“It will put our talent identification programme on a different level altogether.”
The NSI also scored a first yesterday when they sealed a three-year sponsorship with Yakult Malaysia, who will provide healthy drinks for the national athletes from August 2017-2020.
Under the sponsorship, national athletes will enjoy 100,000 bottles of Yakult Ace Light worth RM94,000 a year. Yakult will now be NSI and the athletes’ official probiotic beverage.
In the three-year partnership with Monash University Malaysia, NSI will reap the benefits of researches related to sports and health among athletes and public in general.