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The Level of Passion for Sports among Malaysian Population

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Gunathevan Elumalai1 , Shariffah Mamat2 , Mohd. Salleh Aman3 , Mohd Nahar Azmi Mohamed3 , Tengku Fadilah Tengku Kamalden4 & Shahhanim Yahya2


The passion for sports appears to be a part of practicing sports culture among Malaysians. The influence of passion for sports indirectly contribute towards the practice and enculturing sports in every individual. A survey study was conducted using the questionnaire produced by Institute for Youth Research Malaysia (IYRES, 2019). Total of 8468 Malaysians aged 13 and above based on gender, age, locality, marital status and ethnicity participated in thid study. Descriptive analysis showed the level of passion for sports have not yet become a practice among the Malaysian people because the achievement of the index score was 41.1 which is low for the year 2019 based on IYRES norm. Inferential analysis proved that gender, age and marital status are factors that influence the achievement in passion for sports domain scores and the indicators of feeling of attachment and dedication also at low level. These three factors reflects the personality of a person in the practice of sports culture. Cultivating the passion for sports in daily lives is not something easily achievable. A comparison of achievement between 2018 and 2019 shows the score levels of passion for sports among Malaysian in 2018 was 42.0 whereas in 2019 the score was 41.1. The achievement seems to have dwindled even but still at lower levels. The findings of this study reveals that passion as a strong inclination toward a self-defining activity that one likes or even loves to do, finds important, and in which one invests time and energy. In fact, passionate activities become part of one’s identity because they are so important and hightly appreciated.

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