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Malaysia on a high after Pandelela¡¯s silver double

2010-09-01 17:27:00 OCA

01 Sep 2010 - The Olympic Council of Malaysia found the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore a rewarding experience, both on and off the field of play. At the diving venue, Pandelela Rinong Pamg completed a silver medal double by finishing second in the women’s 3m springboard event, following on from her second-place finish in the 10m platform.

Pandelela was the only Malaysian athlete to win Olympic medals in Singapore. Badminton player Loh Wei Sheng missed the bronze medal playoff due to injury.

The Malaysian contingent of 13 athletes won two silver medals to finish in 65th position. Among the SEA Games countries, Thailand finished 14th with four gold and three silver medals, and Vietnam was in 41st position with one gold medal, one silver medal and two bronze medals. Singapore won two silver and four bronze medals to be in 62nd position, while Cambodia and Indonesia were in 84th position, with one bronze medal each.

Besides the participation of the 13 athletes in the Youth Olympics, Aziem Athira Abdullah, a schoolgirl from Seafield Secondary School, Subang Jaya, was again selected to participate in the Young Reporters Training Camp, an initiative of Singapore’s Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts to assist in the promotion of the 1st YOG. It was an exciting and beneficial experience for her.

Angeline Tang An Qi, a Standard Six student of SJKC Kai Chee, Penang, was selected as one of the six awardees in the world for the Singapore Youth Olympic Scholarship. She will study and train at the Singapore Sports School starting Secondary One in 2011 on a six-year full scholarship. At the Singapore Youth Olympic Scholarship Award Ceremony held on August 13, Angeline had the unforgettable experience of receiving her award from Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

Mrs. Helen Cheah, mother of Sonia Cheah, Malaysia’s badminton singles representative at the 1st YOG, was one of the 25 mothers of Youth Olympic athletes from around the world invited by Proctor & Gamble to attend the Procter & Gamble “Thank You Moms” Programme during the YOG. The mothers were celebrated at a reception held on August 14 at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.

The office bearers and members of the OCM wish to extend their condolences to the family of the late Isa Bakar, who passed away peacefully in Penang on August 28 at the age of 58. Isa Bakar represented Malaysia in football from 1974 to 1979. He was a member of the Malaysia team that won the bronze medal at the Teheran 1974 Asian Games by scoring both goals in defeating DPR Korea 2-1, and was a member of the national team that won the 1977 SEA Games gold medal in Kuala Lumpur.

At state level he represented Penang and was a member of the Penang State team that won the 1978 Malaysia Cup, beating Singapore 5-1. He is survived by his wife Puan Mazlina Md. Ismail and four children.

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