The United States Sports Academy is working with the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Malaysia to develop sport as a significant contributor to the country’s economy, continuing a relationship that dates back to the 1950’s when Academy founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich coached the country’s national track and field team.

During a five-day visit to Kuala Lumpur, United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, a member of the ISN’s Board of Advisors, met with H.E. Dato Cheek and Dato Dr. Ramlan bin Abdulaziz, Director General of the ISN concerning the further development of sport education programs in Malaysia. The Academy is currently delivering its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs in Kuala Lumpur through the ISN.

Following addresses by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and Minister of Youth and Sports Dato Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Dr. Rosandich served as a keynote speaker at the 2009 Sports Industry Convention on Friday, 7 August 2009 in Kuala Lumpur.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 delegates that included officials from all of Malaysia’s sports organizations, Dr. T.J. Rosandich, delivered an address titled, “Education in Sports: Optimizing Malaysia’s Potential.” The two day convention was organized by the ISN to recognize the growing contribution of sports as an industry to the economy of Malaysia.