Showcase of athletic glory


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  • Wednesday, 27 Jul 2005

The Wisma OCM in Jalan Hang Jebat, Kuala Lumpur, has the history of Malaysian sportsmen and sportswomen who triumphed in international competitions. 

Wisma OCM is a seven-storey building located just opposite Stadium Negara and has its own hotel called Hotel Grand Olympic with 172 rooms, a coffee house, two floor of offices, a research centre, sports bodies and association offices, a board room and a mini meeting room.  

The RM15mil Wisma OCM new phase has a three-storey carpark, a sports muzium, Hall Of Fame, two training floors and an indoor sports arena. 

A view of the Indoor Sports Complex.

The old and new phases are linked by a walkway. 

Located just 182m from Jalan Tuah Putra LRT and KL Monorail, the hotel room rates are affordably priced below RM100 a night. 

It is also conveniently located near Petaling Street, which is popular with bargain hunters and also food-lovers as the hawkers and eateries there offer delicious food at affordable prices. 

Besides exhibiting pictures of Malaysian athletes' glorious mo-ments, there is also a library that is well stocked with books and periodicals on sports. 

“Within the next two months, we will place articles and pictures in the Hall of Fame. At the moment, the public can get sports history and view pictures icons in the sports museum,” said Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) general manager M.P. Haridas. 

“We don’t charge for looking at the pictures or reading some books but those who want to do research will be charged a minimum fee. 

“At present, all the pictures, trophies, medals, books and articles in the library are being sorted out. Although the New Wing was opened in December last year, we have yet to refurbish it,” he said.  

The OCM has been in existence since 1953 and was known as Federation of Malaya Olympic Council (FMOC) before changing its name to OCM in 1964 after Sabah and Sarawak and Singapore joined the Federation of Malaya to form Malaysia in 1963. 

In 1956, the then Malaya sent its first contingent to the Olympic games in Melbourne, Australia.  

Some of the torches, trophies and medals that are on display.

Since then, Malaysia had participated in 22 SEA Games, 13 Asian Games, 12 Commonwealth Games and 12 Olympic games. For the last Olympics in Athens, Malaysia sent 26 athletes, all in individual events.  

Today, Wisma OCM symbolises the former great athletes and inspiring athletes like sprinter Datuk Dr M. Jegathesan, athletics' Rahim Ahmad, who was the first Malaysia to win an Asian Games medal with a bronze in 1958, Nashatar Singh, who won a gold in 1966; Test cricketer Lall Singh, football legends Edwin Dutton, Ghani Minhat, Datuk Mokhtar Dahari, Datuk Soh Chin Ann, Santokh Singh, R. Arumugam, sprinter Rabuan Pit, shuttler Tan Aik Huang, Datuk Eddy Choong, the Sidek brothers – Rashid, Razif and Jalani – tennis player Khoo Hooi Hye (first Malayan to play in Wimbledon in 1936), the football team that qualified for the Munich Olympics in 1972 and the 1947 badminton Thomas Cup squad. 

There are also articles in the library on young athletes who made the nation proud with their achievements.  

Among them are squash king Ong Beng Hee and squash queen Nicol David, bowler Shalin Zulkifli, M. Kumaresan (cycling), Nur Herman Majid (athletics), Jeffery Ong (swimming) and former Asian snooker champion Sam Chong. 

Wisma OCM also has an indoor sports arena, which is open for daily bookings.

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