Talent Identification programme key to future of sports in Brunei

Sunday, May 23, 2010

THE importance of the Talent Identification (TID) programme was acknowledged by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (JBS) after it was included in the Sports Information Briefing 2010 programme launched yesterday.

A pet project of Kifli Hj Jaafar, TID is designed to identify talented young athletes through 11 tests on body composition, flexibility, balance, muscle endurance, coordination, speed, power, agility, muscle strength, reaction and cardiovascular.

The former 'Eastern block' countries have applied it since the 1960s and early 1970s with astounding results during the Olympics of 1972, 1976 and 1980.

Its inclusion into the briefing programme shows how much hope the Department of Youth and Sports (JBS) place on the project.

The Briefing programme, held in Dewan Citra Budaya at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, is a collaboration between the Training and Resource Centre and the Coaching Unit and Sports Development Department.

The project aimed at educating the related JBS officers and staff regarding the technical terms and relevant information of various sports within the Sultanate.

The information collected will then be documented as a guide to ease management and tasks implementation for JBS officers when organising sport activities.

"JBS's initiative and effort to hold the programme is solely for the staff and officers to be more knowledgable and are always up to date as we are involved in sports, to live up to our name as the JBS," said Chairman Pg Md Amir Rizal Pg Hj Mahmud in his speech.

"If we view it from the perspective of the community, the JBS staff are responsible in acting as a consultant to at least clear any doubts while organising any sport regarding the rules and its implementation," he added.

"Therefore I encourage all participants to benefit from the programme as much as possible... and take advantage of this chance to increase your individual knowledge," said Pg Md Amir Rizal.

Including TID, a total of 27 sports will be briefed to the participants every Saturday until the last session scheduled for Dec 18.

Each individual sport will be briefed by the respective national coaches at Dewan Kuliah of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

The briefing is not only made via powerpoint presentation but also involve a question and answer session and a trip to the sport venue itself.

First to educate the participants was national bowling coach, Mike Griffith, who touched on topics such as bowling history, the governing body, bowling terminologies and the different bowling styles.

Present at the launch was guest of honour, Hj Md Zamri Dato Paduka Hj Hamdani, acting director of JBS.

The Brunei Times