EVALUATION OF TALENT IDENTIFICATION METHODS FOR NATIONAL TEAMS IN THE SULTANATE OF OMAN: CURRENT MODELS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
Despite talent identification and development (TID) are crucial issues for the future development and the sustainability of elite sport in any country; it has not yet been systematically evaluated and analyzed in Oman. This study sought to evaluation the current talent identification methods for national teams in the Sultanate of Oman, in order to provide future directions. The study offers the first in-depth empirical study of the perceptions of key stakeholders regarding the current and future TID in Oman. The study used multiple methods of data collection including questionnaires, interviews, as well as examination and evaluation of the available literature and systems of TID. The most significant data in this study is about the challenges faced by the current talents identification methods in the national teams in Oman. The results show that it is common for the participants to have negative views towards the current talent identification methods in Oman. Accordingly, the TI methods in Oman are badly in need to be reviewed and upgraded to build a more coherent TID system.