Jegathesan elected chairman of OCA Medical Committee

KUALA LUMPUR: The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) deputy president and former Asian sprint king Datuk Dr M. Jegathesan added another feather to his cap when he was elected chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia’s (OCA) Medical Committee. 

Dr Jegathesan, also known as the “Flying Doctor” for his exploits on the track during his running days in the 60s, was nominated for the post by the OCM and was elected unopposed during the OCA Congress in Kuwait on April 16-17. 

He replaces Dr Yoshio Kuroda who retires after serving the OCA for 28 years. 

“This is indeed a big honour for the country as Dr Jega becomes the first Malaysian to head a committee in 32 years,” said OCM secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi who returned from Kuwait yesterday. 

Former OCM president Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah was the OCA’s regional vice-president until 1985. 

Dr Jegathesan is no stranger to the medical field, especially in sports, since he is the honorary medical advisor to the Commonwealth Games Federation, chairman of the Medical Committee for the Asian Athletics Association and member of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Medical Commission. 

Off the medical field, Dr Jega was a speed demon, blazing the tracks of Asia to become the fastest man in Asia during the 60s which was also known as the Golden Era of Malaysian athletics. 

After winning the 200m gold at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, he accomplished a sprint double at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok by winning the 100m and 200m. 

“I feel honoured by the appointment as it was a recognition of my efforts to contribute to the medical field especially in sports and the area of doping,” the 63-year-old doctor said when contacted yesterday. – Bernama 

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