Is talent identification even possible?

The dream of being able to identify sport talent in youngsters has been around for quite a while. Finding future stars based on various performance tests, mysterious algorithms, or biometric measurements seems like a dark art practiced by those who 'know' something the rest of us don't. The truth is that no real scientist thinks that future talent can be identified at an early age; there are simply too many variables involved to predict such an outcome. Read more...


Who won the Asian Games? USSA Malaysia fires up its research department for another riveting analysis

China won the Asian Games no matter how you look at it. But if you're interested in some quant-like discussion of points and demographics then read on. It's time for our riveting analysis of the Asian Games medal distribution and point scoring. Read more...


Re-thinking the mission of Malaysia's sport associations

The good news is Malaysia achieved its 7-gold medal target at the just completed Asian Games in Jakarta. The bad news is officials and the public expected more. The low-key announcement of the target signaled a low confidence level before the contingent even left for Jakarta. This particular competition was touted as the final test of the ambitious Podium Program, Malaysia's high performance scheme to raise its standard in international competition. That program will probably be judged as a failure now and high level analysis will try to determine why, and what, if anything, should take its place. If you listen carefully you can almost hear officials asking "What now?" Read more...


More articles...

LATEST