United States Sports Academy - Malaysia

Who won the Commonwealth Games? A point analysis of the Gold Coast games

With the conclusion of the latest edition of the Commonwealth Games it's time to mobilize the USSA Malaysia statistical team and find out what really happened in Gold Coast. And while the media and government big shots are focused on gold medal tallies we will take an in-depth look at performance as it relates to population and team size, digging down to find out which countries performed with the most depth; something that simply isn't obvious from gold medal counts alone. Read more...


Is it possible to win the Commonwealth Games? Why '10th place or better' is not a good goal for the Malaysian team

A few weeks before the start of the Commonwealth Games there was a brief flap in the local press when sport officials refused to announce the hoped-for medal 'target' for the Malaysian team. Various reasons were given but depending on who you listened to the explanations seemed to be contradictory. Then something happened. Malaysian officials said they wanted to do better than they did in the last staging of the Games, in other words they wanted to improve on their 10th place finish from the last staging of the games in Glasgow. Previously I wrote that setting medal targets is not a good way to gauge improvement since all you're doing is comparing yourself to others, a relative comparison that doesn't really tell you anything. In this article I want to explain why "10th place or better" is not a good goal, and how getting various "places" in multi-sport events is impossible anyway. Read more...


Kaizen: Improving sport administration will improve performance

The Japanese word kaizen is heard often in boardrooms, quality circles, and sports. Though usually translated as 'continuous improvement' a more accurate meaning is 'change for the good' and represents a way of working rather than a specific thing. It is a touchstone in sport with teams, clubs, and national associations all talking about it, setting goals for improvement, and attempting to incorporate the concept as part of their culture. But what exactly is it? And how does a commitment to improvement actually translate into practical policies and action in sport?

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