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Sport schools: Shaping world-class athletes

Sunday, February 18th, 2018
Education Ministry sports director Dr Mehander Singh

Malaysia has produced remarkable and outstanding athletes using a 60-year-old triangle method

Grooming seemingly ordinary individuals to become world-class athletes is not for the faint-hearted, but the Education Ministry, working hand-in-hand with national sports bodies, has the eye to identify a diamond in the rough early on.

Utilising a 60-year-old triangle method of having a large pool of students sifted upwards as they excel, our national schools have produced athletes who have flown the Jalur Gemilang high and proud in foreign lands.

From this, five sports schools alone have produced more than 50 Olympians since the first one, Bukit Jalil Sports School, was opened in 1996.

This proves impressive for a baby nation of 32 million people, although still on the road to clinching its first Olympic gold medal since its involvement in the Games some seven years after achieving independence.

Education Ministry sports director Dr Mehander Singh told the New Sunday Times that churning out world-class athletes year after year was something people outrightly demanded, but they were clueless on the complexity of achieving it.

“Our pyramid system begins with the school population of roughly 5.2 million students, who compete at the most basic level, between classes and houses at their individual schools.

“As they go on, 800,000 of these student athletes manage to compete at district level, and subsequently 100,000 of them at state level.

“At the very top of the pyramid, at the national level, 12,000 to 14,000 student athletes in the country vie for a place as the nation’s best.”

This stable pyramid system ensures the best athletes start from the beginning, he added, identifying them early on and harnessing them to glory.

A prime example of this is Southeast Asia’s sprint king Khairul Hafiz Jantan, who rose from the ranks as an athlete at school level to international level.

The 19-year-old Melaka native ended Malaysia’s 14-year drought of a gold medal in the men’s 100m dash at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games last year, clocking in 10.38 seconds.

Mehander said the country’s sports development had come a long way, paving the way for a cluster of today’s future athletes.

He also stressed that an element that would not be overlooked in the process of developing athletes was education, which was the reason sports schools primarily take academics very seriously.

“We try to find a balance between academics and sports. If their sports career does not pan out, they need something to fall back on.

“Their career track should be diversified and education should be for life.”

Zainal Aba

Zainal Abas

The ministry’s sports deputy director, Zainal Abas, said an athlete’s career was akin to high-jump; the athletes must have something to land on after they have reached their peak.

“While their sports career will not last until they are 50 or 60, their education lasts for a lifetime.

“This is why we prepare a platform for them in academics in addition to sports,” he said.

A typical day in the life of a sports school student, he elaborated, started as early as 6.30am, when they begin their two-hour training.

Their academic classes start from 9.30am and ends about noon. Three hours later, they start training again. They spend their nights studying and making up for those lost contact hours due to competitions.

“We want thinking athletes. If Brazil can have a medical doctor in its World Cup team, Dr Socrates, why should we deprive our own student athletes of education?” he said, adding that even during their international travels, student athletes had academic modules with them to ensure they were not left behind in their studies.


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Two more sports schools for the country

Monday, July 26th, 2010

TANGKAK: Two more high-performance sports schools are being planned to boost sports development among Malaysian students.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Puad Zarkashi said the projects were being planned in Kuantan, Pahang, and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.

Speaking to reporters here Sunday, he said the aim was to increase the number of students who excelled in sports, from about 1,000 now to 2,000.

“At present, we have two sports schools at Bandar Penawar, Kota Tinggi, and Bukit Jalil.

“The two new projects are expected to be completed in the next two years,” he said after opening Malaysia Matriculation Colleges 10th Sports Carnival here.

Puad said these schools focussed on the high-performance sports such as badminton, gymnastics and track and field events.

by Hamdan Raja Abdullah.

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Sport School

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Sports schools is now becoming a big business and profession in many developed countries of the world with the people involved in the industry have seen the best potential of the industry to be part of the billion dollar industries.

As this sports school develop into a money making business many businessmen have also shifted to this kind of business many years ago. The have seen the great potential to make millions out of this business.

In sports high school many students who have excellent showing in various sports disciplines are encourage to pursue their career and they are given scholarship by the school to support their need and eventually become big names in sports. Many universities and colleges all over the globe are offering scholarships too to get hold of talented players who can also give a boast to their school. In fact, in the US and European countries, many sports scouts are roaming around various universities to scout for excellent players who can be possible to make their career in sports. Many top seeded players are even hired by many big corporations to join their team and earn considerable income every year. Among the best sports disciplines that can give millions of income for many sports talents include basketball, soccer/football, chess, boxing, beach volleyball, wrestling, billiards, snooker, fencing and wushu.

Sports management schools are also opened in many countries of the world when sports professionals have seen the potential of this billion dollar industry. Sports management schools also allow students to give attention to their sports especially those found to have exceptional talents.

Sports broadcasting schools also provide a greater opportunity to graduates of becoming professional sportscasters in televisions and radios. Through the professional broadcasting career in sports many students enrol in this kind of sports school which is also available in many leading universities. Sports broadcasters are also getting big income when they join television networks as well on radio stations. They become celebrities in the field and earned credibility in the broadcasting industry as sports broadcasters.

Indeed sports school is also a big industry that should considered by many students who are still thinking of what career to take up in college.

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