Sports Science: Gearing Johor Athletes for SUKMA Johor 2020

State Youth, Sports, Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali at Johor Sports Council (MSNJ)’s The Cage in Iskandar Puteri

The state government is planning to implement expertise to all over Johor

In an effort to make Johor as Malaysia’s emerging and strong challengers in competitive sports, the Johor Sports Council (MSNJ) has been consistent in developing its own sports science discipline and in lieu to that, it has launched its new sporting facilities for Johor athletes’ prior to SUKMA Johor in 2020.

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MSNJ built their own Sports Science Centre (Pusat Sains Sukan) with state of the art gymnasium for strength and conditioning, known as “The Cage and Cage Recovery Centre (CRC)” at Rumah Iskandar Malaysia, Iskandar Puteri, Johor after the previous sports science service at Sekolah Tunku Mahkota Ismail (SSTMI) ceased its operation. CRC functions as athlete’s recreational area and is placed right in the heart of the athletes’ dormitory for easy access.

Silat athletes performing their group routine to Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali at level two where sparring is held

The state’s sports science programme includes lending services like training for trainers, organising workshops and talks for every sports enthusiast around Johor. In order to give the best match on what athletes need to perform in their top form, a huge amount of systematic data is collected and it requires constant research and types of expertise in the long run.

State Youth, Sports, Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali was present to observe and check on both facilities and athletes. As it is quite a new venture, he said the sports science facilities and services shall be made available for athletes all over Johor, citing it as a long term plan. SUKMA Johor 2020 is the priority right now. Another, ‘The Cage’ is in the plan to open in Kluang, Johor by the first quarter of the year 2020.

Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali taking commemorative picture after trying his hands out on archery at the facility

637 athletes and competitors recruited via TID (talent identification) have benefited from the sports science services from November 2018 to October 2019. 26 types of sports has received the sports science treatment in terms of physical fitness test, strength and conditioning training, sports rehabilitation and recovery, sports nutrition, sports psychology and ongoing observation.