Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ace badminton players call for performance analysis in Indian sports

Harendra Singh & Aparna Popat Call For Performance Analysis In Sports

(l-r)Mr. Harendra Singh,Mr.Simon Jackson Director, Sportstec,Ms. Aparna Popat ,Mr.Ranjeet Shankar, Head of Sportstec
Mumbai, 25th February, 2013: 

Dronacharya Awardee, Shiv Chhatrapati Awardee and former coach of The Indian Hockey Team, Mr. Harendra Singh and Arjuna Awardee and ace badminton player, Ms.  Aparna Popat have called for performance analysis in Indian sports.

Speaking at the launch of Sportstec in India Ms. Popat said, “India’s sports are on the cusp of a good run especially on the back of winning several Olympic medals. But this is surely not enough. We need a range of sophisticated, innovative performance analysis products i.e. software tools that have been developed and tested by specialists in coaching, sports science and training. The current environment demands competitive edge in every walk of sport and that can happen only if we analyse our own performance again and again.”

Ms. Aparna Popat, Mr. Harendra Singh at the launch of Sportech India
Mr. Singh spoke at length about how other countries, especially China and European nations work hard on both – the sportsperson as well as technique building steps – to achieve an all-round finesse. He said, “Competing nations know and understand the rigorous demands of the sporting environment – and the importance of the competitive edge. India needs deep help from companies such as Sportstec who can design software that can analyse and meet the exacting demands of players, coaches and sporting organizations.Through deep analysis helped by cutting-edge technology, we will be able to test and analyze sports performance and thereby empowering individuals and teams to seize new opportunities to improve – and win.”

Mr. Simon Jackson, Director, Sportstec launched his company in India today. Sportstecis a global company delivering technologies (developed in-house) for the performance analysis market in New Zealand, Australia, USA, France, Germany, India, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and UK, at the same time it has established a distribution network in 22 countries around the world. Mr. Jackson said, “We believe in improving outcomes through improving the teaching and coaching process. And we have been successful in dramatically improving the outcomes of 8000 clients worldwide including the West Indies Cricket Team which had its recent victory at the 2012 T20 World championship in Sri Lanka. West Indies have been using our marque product SportsCode since 2009 and they have been steadily moving up the world rankings.” 

Mr. Ranjeet Shankar, Head of Sportstec, Indian subcontinent says there are softwares available in the market but they are different for different sports. Mr. Shankar said,“We have products like sportscode which can cater to hockey, cricket, football, badminton, tennis or infact all the games. It has been designed from the point of view of a coach, they get what they need, the biggest example is Ranchi Rhinos, the winner of the recently concluded Hockey India League.”

Sportstec products are known world over for their ability to be applied to any sport. Recently Tennis Australia saw a real advantage in switching from their tennis specific program to a solution incorporating SportsCode Elite, Review, Coda and Stream.

Darren Mc Murtrie, head of analysis hit the Australian Open, the Asia Pacific Region’s Grand Slam event, to check out the new workflow for the Tennis Australia analysts and coaches. He said, “We loved SportsCode because of its ability to be easily customised. With Version 9, the coaches are really loving the HTML export of the code window.”

The HTML export of the code window has allowed Darren and his team to generate their custom reports and send them to coaches around the world with ease.

He added, “Troy (Australian Support manager) has been a great help with the scripts and reports so far but I’m looking forward to learning the scripting language. We want to do even more and we know we’ll be pushing the software. One code window we’re planning for could have ten thousand buttons.”

Sportstec will allow coaches to get more involved with coding at training and in competition. The streams give athletes and coaches the ability to view their clips and reports from anywhere in the world.

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