6/2/2009HRH Prince Tunku Imran, Patron of the World Squash Federation, has been re-elected to his position as President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, a position he has held since 1999.
The vote, held at the Council’s AGM on Saturday 30 May was uncontested, and also saw Dato’ A. Sani Karim, President of the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia, elected as one of four Vice-Presidents.
His Royal Highness has a notable pedigree, both on the squash court and within the world of sport as a whole. He was Malaysian Squash Champion in 1973 and went on to be President of the World Squash Foundation (WSF) from 1989 - 1996 and Emeritus President from 1996 - 2002. He is a member of the Management Board of the National Sports Council of Malaysia, and Founding Chairman of the Foundation for Malaysian Sporting Excellence. Prince Tunku Imran was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2006.
Furthermore, he is a Vice-President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, and played a leading role in Squash making its debut in the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
His re-appointment as President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia comes just days before he leads the Squash 2016 bid presentation to the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne on June 15.
Current WSF President, N Ramachandran, said: “I’m delighted that yet again the Olympic Council of Malaysia has shown its faith in Prince Tunku Imran, and I know he will do a great job for them. He is passionate about sport in his country, and a great ambassador for squash the world over.
"Squash is going through an exciting process at the moment, bidding to be an Olympic sport, and ensuring that it is in the best possible shape to take on that challenge. The support of His Royal Highness is invaluable to us, and we look forward to the next stage of the process on June 15.”
For further details on the Squash 2016 Olympic Bid visit www.squash2016.info