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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-20

Comparing Malaysian and international track and field records through strength, weaknesses, opportunity and threats analysis to formulate strategies for performance improvement

1 Research and Innovation Division, National Sports Institute of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 Department of Sport Studies, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
3 Department of Sports Performance, National Sports Institute of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4 Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Jin Seng Thung
Research and Innovation Division, National Sports Institute of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mohe.mohe_32_22

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Introduction: Resources for improving Malaysian track and field performance are limited and this may lead to gradual performance decrement at both local and international levels. The objective of this study was to assess current Malaysian outdoor track and field performance against regional multi-sport games. Methods: A historical analysis approach was conducted to understand previous track and field records through examination and interpretation of available online archives. A total of 179 records from the Malaysian Open, Malaysian National Records, Southeast Asian Games (SG), Asian Games (AG) and Commonwealth Games (CG) were identified from online databases and converted into World Athletics score points for the analysis of strength, weaknesses, opportunity and threats. Results: The results revealed that 11 events (eight males and three females) were identified as Malaysian strengths that were highly likely to succeed in upcoming SG. Conclusions: A few Malaysian records were set decades ago and there is a significant decrease in performance. Considerable attention is needed to close the performance gaps with other countries and unveil the true performance potential of Malaysian track and field athletes. A long-term development programme for talent recruitment, coach development, technology utilisation and nurturing the local competitive environment is needed to meet the AG and CG standards.

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