One Important Step To Improve Competitiveness
The question is, what can be done to improve Malaysia's athletic performances? Must Malaysia
change its whole school system and society to focus more on sport or is there an easier way to find
people with unique athletic potential? One approach, the approach this article addresses, is to develop
a system of talent identification which involves the schools, but requires little commitment in time
and energy. Such a system needs to reach out to as many potential athletes as possible, and for
Malaysia, that means millions of young candidates. From these millions, dozens of boys and girls
will have the potential to be world beaters. They just have to be found.
Fortunately, Malaysia has a well-developed school system that touches the lives of most Malaysian
youth. Within this school system, there are physical education instructors who are capable of
conducting tests for talent and sending results to experts for selection purposes. Realizing this fact, the
National Sports Council, has begun to develop a system of talent identification which will eventually
be applied country-wide.
Physical Education instructors, associated with the Ministry of Education, are being brought to the
National Sports Council's facilities in Kuala Lumpur for training in talent identification testing. Seventy of
these instructors have just completed training with the goal of testing 10,000 youth before December.
This group, and the talent data they are gathering, make up the first phase in the big plan for
testing Malaysian youth. Next year, it is hoped that many more talent testers will be trained and perhaps
a hundred thousand, if not a million students tested.