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The 18th Asian Federation of Sports Medicine Congress and the 8th Institut Sukan Negara Sports Medicine and Sports Science Conference Set for Grand Unveiling in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

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KOTA KINABALU, January 2024 – The Malaysian Association of Sports Medicine (MASM) is thrilled to announce the upcoming 18th Asian Federation of Sports Medicine (AFSM) Congress, in conjunction with the 8th Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) Sports Medicine and Sports Science Conference. This prestigious event is slated to be held at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, from April 26th to 28th, 2024. This congress represents a monumental collaboration among the Asian Federation of Sports Medicine (AFSM), the Malaysian Association of Sports Medicine (MASM), and the National Sports Institute of Malaysia (Institut Sukan Negara – ISN).

The recent press conference at the SICC in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, was graced by esteemed guests including Datuk Marina Chin, Chairman of the Board of the National Sports Institute of Malaysia (ISN); Dr. Tan Kah Hock, Chairperson of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM)’s East Malaysia Committee, Board Member of ISN and the Congress Advisor; Mr. Ahmad Faezal Md Ramli, Chief Executive Officer of ISN and the Congress Deputy Advisor; Dr. Chan Kin Yuen, Vice President of the Malaysian Association of Sports Medicine (MASM) and the Congress Organising Co-chair; Dr. Alston Choong, Vice President of MASM and the Congress Organising Chair; and Dr. Kiran Kandiah, Council Member of MASM and the Congress Organising Deputy Chair.

Dr. Chan Kin Yuen, in his opening remarks, emphasized the congress as a historic milestone in sports and exercise science and medicine in Malaysia. The collaboration between AFSM, MASM, and ISN exemplifies a unified commitment to advancing these fields. The congress is poised to be a global platform for leading experts to share and exchange innovative ideas, research findings, and advancements in sports and exercise science and medicine.

Dr. Tan Kah Hock expressed his gratitude to various supporting ministers and organizations, particularly highlighting YB Hannah Yeoh, the Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia; Tan Sri Dato Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria, the President of OCM; Datuk Marina Chin, the Chairperson of the Board of ISN; Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Sabah; Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, the Chairman of the Sabah Tourism Board and Deputy Minister of the Tourism, Culture and Environment of Sabah; and Datuk Hajah Romawati Hj. Lasuki, the CEO of SICC for their unwavering support in developing the sports ecosystem in Sabah, Malaysia.

Datuk Marina Chin highlighted that the AFSM-ISN 2024 Congress is more than a standard gathering; it is a convergence of visionaries committed to advancing sports and exercise science and medicine not only in Malaysia but also across Asia and beyond. She emphasised the importance of active participation from all sports practitioners, including clinicians, scientists, coaches, athletes, para-athletes and sports administrators as through the exchange of the invaluable insights and unique perspectives from various experts will enrich the collective understanding of sports development. Beyond the advancement of sports performance, the mission of the congress transcends the boundaries of academia, our collective aspiration is to shape the Malaysia sports ecosystem driven by the culture of excellence, innovation and integrity. The congress aims to foster an environment where knowledge converges into action, and ideas turn into tangible initiatives. The role of media representatives in amplifying the significance of this congress is crucial in showcasing Malaysia’s initiative in advancing sports and exercise sciences and medicine and the sports development with unity and integrity.

The organisers extend their gratitude to supporting partners such as the Sabah State Government, Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (ADAMAS), Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), National Olympic Academy of Malaysia, Ministry of Health of Malaysia (MOH), Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia (MOHE), and various public and private universities or higher education institutions. The generous contributions of sponsors have been instrumental to the success of this congress.

The 3-days congress will feature over 12 insightful symposia, 4 interactive workshops, and 4 informative pre-congress webinars, along with paper, poster presentations, and booth exhibitions covering a wide range of topics in sports and exercise science and medicine, highperformance sports, sports management, and physical education. Esteemed speakers from leading international organizations such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), SportAccord, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), World Health Organisation (WHO), International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), and more, will be sharing their expertise.

The event anticipates the participation of 500 to 800 delegates, including sports clinicians, scientists, academicians, allied healthcare professionals, athletes’ entourages, anti-doping personnel, sports administrators, physical educators, coaches, professional athletes, paraathletes, and sports enthusiasts. A highlight of the congress is the AFSM Young Researcher Award, offering a total prize money of up to USD 2000, to promote and encourage young researchers in presenting their innovative research findings.

This congress is not only a significant academic event but also a catalyst for tourism in Sabah. It presents an opportunity to showcase the rich cultural heritage and famous ecotourism of Sabah to the international community, further establishing Kota Kinabalu as a premier destination for international events in academia, culture, sport, and business.

The organisers cordially invite all interested parties to participate in this momentous event, which promises to be a hub of knowledge, collaboration, and innovation in the field of sports and exercise science and medicine, sports management, and physical education.

For additional details, please contact the Congress Secretariat, Mr. Muhammad Navid at +60 16 6123942, the Organising Chair, Dr. Alston Choong at +60 12 3755661, or the Organising Deputy Chair, Dr. Kiran Kandiah at +60 12 7906794. Visit the congress official website at www.afsm2024.com for registration and abstract submission. Extended early bird rate is available till January 31st, 2024, and the deadline for abstract submission is February 29th, 2024. For discounted rates for group registration, kindly contact the Congress Secretariat.

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