Glorious outing in 1998 Commonwealth Games

THE 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games from Sept 11-21 was a roaring success on and off the battleground.

Kuala Lumpur beat Adelaide to win the host job in 1992 and the Jaya 98 project was started in 1994.

The Bukit Jalil Sports Complex was also built for the Games, which include the National Sports Council and National Sports Institute.

Malaysia set new milestone when they housed 3,638 athletes from 69

countries - making it the second biggest sporting event in the world then.

Team sports were introduced for the first time at the Games with rugby, cricket, field hockey and netball making their debuts.

Malaysia was the first Asian country to host the Games.

The cute orang utan was the official mascot for the Games, namely Wira (hero).

As far as the results were concerned, Malaysia performed above expectations when they hauled 10-14-12 medals to finish in fourth after Australia, England

and Canada.

It was Malaysia’s best performance in the Games history.

The bowlers started the ball rolling when Kenny Ang and Ben Heng struck the first gold in the men’s doubles.

Kenny went on to add a second in the men's singles two days later.

The other medal winners were Hidayat Hamidon (weightlifting); Nurul Huda Baharin (shooting); Carolyn Au Yong, El Regina Tajudin, Sarina Sundara

Rajah and Thye Chee Kiat (rhythmic gymnastics team; Sapok Biki (boxing); Wong Choong Hann (men’s singles); Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah (men’s

doubles), men’s badminton team: and G. Saravanan (athletics).

There was also a notable first with the men's hockey team earning a silver.

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