Thursday, 14 January 2010

Ro Bin among five inducted into OCM Hall of Fame

PETALING JAYA: Former Asian Games gold medallists Ho Ro Bin and Lim Keng Liat are among five outstanding former athletes and officials who will be inducted into the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Hall of Fame.

Ro Bin is the most successful Malaysian wushu athlete to date. He was the country’s first gold medal in the sport at the 2002 Busan Asiad. He also emerged as the world champion twice – in 1999 and 2005.
In the SEA Games between 1999 and 2005, Ro Bin won a total of three gold medals before retiring from competition in 2006 to become a coach.

Keng Liat is the most outstanding Malaysian swimmer and he is only one to have won an Asian Games gold medal in the sport — in Bangkok in 1998.

Keng Liat was also a good student, graduating from the University of Berkeley in California under a full athletic scholarship.

Also inducted into the Hall of Fame are former national badminton coach Datuk James Selvaraj, former president of the Malay-sian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) and Asian Cycling Congress (ACC) Tan Sri Darshan Singh Gill and former national cricket captain Datuk Professor Emeritus Dr A.E. Delilkan.
James was a national player from 1975 to 1982 and he was a member of the Thomas Cup team who were the runners-up to Indonesia in 1976.

Darshan initiated the idea and helped raise funds from the public to build the first velodrome in Malaysia, named Velodrome Rakyat in Ipoh. And the track cycling competitions of the 1989 SEA Games were held there.

The five sports personalities will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at the OCM annual dinner on Saturday.

The male and female Olympian of the Year awards and the selection will be made based on the achievements in the Laos SEA Games last month.

Swimmer Daniel Bego, who won five gold medals, is the hot favourite to take the men’s award.
The award in the female category is expected to go to the badminton team, who ended a 34-year gold medal drought for Malaysia in the event in Vientiane.



In 1993, six persons were officially recognised by the Olympic Council of Malaysia for their tireless efforts and will be honored in the Hall of Fame :-
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Tun Abdul Razak
  • Tun Hussein Onn
  • Tun Henry Lee Hau-Shik
  • Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh
  • N.M. Vasagam


In 1994, two persons were inducted to the Hall of Fame :-
  • Thong Poh Nyen
  • Koh Eng Tong

In 1995, only one person was inducted to the Hall of Fame :-
  • Eddy Choong

After a lapse of 5 years with no new inductees to the Hall of Fame, the turn of the century, showed the induction of two very important individuals :-
  • Tan Sri Alexander Lee Yu
  • Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah

In the year 2002, 13 new inductees were included into the Hall of Fame, five are sports administrators, while nine are outstanding national athletes :-
  • K. Aryaduray
  • Sum Kwok Seng
  • Sidique Ali Merican
  • Khir Johari
  • the late Lum Mun Chak
  • National Athletes
  • M. Jegathesan
  • Ishtiaq Mobarak
  • Chong Tan Fook and
  • Lee Wan Wah
  • Razif Sidek and
  • Jalani Sidek
  • Abdul Rashid Sidek
  • Cheah Soon Kit and
  • Yap Kim Hock

As part of OCM's 50th Anniversay celebrations, 50 outstanding retired athletes and officials were inducted into the OCM Hall of Fame, in recognition of their tireless efforts to the development of sports in Malaysia :-
  • Rahim Ahmad
  • Nashatar Singh
  • M. Rajamani
  • Rabuan Pit
  • G. Saravanan
  • Badminton
  • The late Wong Peng Soon
  • The late Ong Poh Lim
  • Teh Kew San
  • Tan Aik Huang
  • Tan Yee Khan
  • Ng Boon Bee
  • Datuk Punch Gunalan
  • Rosalind Singha Ang
  • Sylvia Ng
  • Bowling
  • Dato’ Dr P.S. Nathan
  • Boxing
  • Sapok Biki
  • The late Tiger Aman
  • Cricket
  • The late Lall Singh
  • Cycling
  • Daud Ibrahim
  • Ng Joo Ngan
  • Football
  • Ghani Minhat
  • The late Edwin Dutton
  • The late Mokhtar Dahari
  • Dato’ M Chandran
  • Dato’ Soh Chin Aun
  • Santokh Singh
  • The late M. Arumugam
  • Hockey
  • Freddy Vias
  • Dato’ Ho Koh Chye
  • Dato R Yogeswaran
  • M. Mahendran
  • The late Sri Shanmuganathan
  • Rani Kaur
  • Swimming
  • Nurul Huda Abdullah
  • Tennis
  • The late Khoo Hooi Hye
  • Teams
  • 1949 Thomas Cup Squad
  • National Soccer Team 1972
  • National Hockey Team 1975
  • Officials
  • Tun Abdul Ghaffar Baba
  • The late E.M. MacDonald
  • The late Tan Sri Jamil Rais
  • Tan Sri Ghazali Shaffie
  • The late Datuk G. S. Kler
  • The late Yap Yong Yih
  • Dato’ G. Vijayanathan
  • Tok Puan Zainon Datuk Hussein

In the year 2006, eight new inductees were included into the Hall of Fame, 2 are sports administrators, while six are outstanding national athletes :-
  • Dato' Peter Vellapan
  • Hajah Norminshah Sabirin
  • Saik Oik Cum
  • J.B. Koo
  • Holloway Cheah
  • Alan Hooi
  • Edward Lim
  • Lee Kok Hong

In the year 2007, ten new inductees were included into the Hall of Fame;
  • DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah
  • Tan Sri Dato Seri Alagendra
  • Tan Sri Dato Sri Elyas Omar
  • Tunku Datuk Seri Adnan
  • Datuk Thanapalan Paul Murugasu
  • Dato’ Tan Chin Nam
  • Billy Ng
  • Yew Cheng Hoe
  • Shaharudin Jaffar
  • Malek Noor

In the year 2010, ten new inductees were included into the Hall of Fame;
  • Ho Ro Bin
  • Lim Keng Liat
  • Datuk James Selvaraj
  • Tan Sri Darshan Singh Gill
  • Datuk Professor Emeritus Dr A.E. Delilkan


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