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Veteran lifter: Ng Chow Seng posing with his 2012 Special Award trophy during
the National Sports Awards ceremony yesterday.
PETALING JAYA: The old and the new were feted as the country’s sporting fraternity gathered to honour the achievements of their fellow athletes at the National Sports Awards ceremony at a leading hotel here.
Veteran lifter Ng Chow Seng and Malaysia’s top motorcycling sensation, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, were named as recipients of the 2012 Special Award.
Seventy-eight-year-old Chow Seng, a retired army officer, is still active in weightlifting and was once ranked No. 1 in the world in the 75kg-80kg category for two years in a row.
Chow Seng retained his title in the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Cyprus in 2011.
Zulfahmi, meanwhile, is carrying the country’s flag for the fourth year in the World Motorcycling Championships.
The Banting-born rider is competing in Moto3 for Red Bull KTM Ajo team and enjoyed his best season yet when he chalked up two podium finishes last year.
Zulfahmi will cherish the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang last October, when he secured pole position. He also came close to winning the race the following day, only to be overtaken towards the finish line by German Sandro Cortese.
He still became the first Malaysian to climb the podium and Zulfahmi showed that it was not a fluke by chalking up third placing at the Valencia Grand Prix a month later en route to a seventh overall placing.
“It’s been a wonderful journey towards becoming what I am today. Without SIC, AirAsia, KTM and all my sponsors, I wouldn’t be here ... I’d like to thank them all,” said the 22-year-old, who will compete in the second round in Austin, Texas, this weekend.
Meanwhile, Tan Sri Datuk Elyas Omar was named as the recipient of the Sports Figure Award.
He is a former president of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) from 1984-1988 and the head of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) when the country last won the Thomas Cup in 1992.
Elyas was also the chef-de-mission when Malaysia won its first Olympic medal – a bronze through the men’s doubles pair of Razif and Jalani Sidek in Barcelona in 1992, the year badminton made its Olympic debut.
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