Sports science key to unlocking Indonesian`s huge sporting potential

"There are a lot of very talented athletes in Indonesia."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Sports Science is the key to unlocking Indonesia`s huge sporting potential according to Australia`s leading sports physiologist.

"There are a lot of very talented athletes in Indonesia who, with the right guidance, could become world class athletes," David Martin, the Senior Sports Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, was quoted by the Australian Embassy here on Thursday as saying.

Speaking at a seminar co-hosted by the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) and the Australian Embassy, Dr Martin said if Indonesia wanted to improve the performance of its athletes, sporting groups, athletes and governments could look to science for the answers.

"It is important to research where their athletes are now and how they can improve into the future. Nutrition and training are important, but sport science has a key role to play."

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty said the sports seminar series is a practical example of Australians and Indonesians cooperating through sport.

"Australians love sport and Australia is good at sport science. Sharing our expertise with Indonesians who are equally passionate about sport adds another feature to our strong bilateral relationship," Ambassador Moriarty said.

"With our best sporting brains collaborating, there is a greater chance that we can find the breakthroughs to help both our countries achieve results in sports around the globe," added Ambassador Moriarty.

Dr Martin is in Indonesia to run sports science seminars and meet a number of Indonesian sporting officials in order to find mutually beneficial areas of collaboration and impart some of his extensive knowledge in the field.

Martin has been extensively published in a number of sporting journals for his research across a range of sports science related fields. He has worked with the Australian Summer and Winter Olympic teams in the past five Olympics.