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The Penang Sports Council puts sports science to work.

It’s almost 10pm, and Frederick Tan and I are still chatting in his office. Downstairs, the Penang Sports Council’s Chinese New Year celebration is winding down, with guests trickling out as performers continue to play the greatest hits from the 1980s. At one point, a consultant knocks on the door; he has another meeting once our interview is done.

But Tan is no stranger to late nights. Back when he was a sports psychologist for the National Sports Institute, he often stayed after hours to continue working with athletes. Young athletes often knocked on his door in the middle of the night.


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