KUALA LUMPUR: Former hockey international Datuk Ho Koh Chye will be the chef-de-mission of the Malaysian contingent for the Beijing Olympics next year.
And Koh Chye hoped that Beijing would be the stage for Malaysia to claim their first-ever Olympic gold medal.
Having served as the joint chef-de-mission of the contingent to the 2003 Vietnam SEA Games and represented Malaysia in two Olympics as a player, Koh Chye said that being appointed as chef-de-mission is the greatest honour bestowed on any sportsman.
Koh Chye was also the deputy chef-de-mission for the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games and was the coach and goalkeeper of the Malaysian hockey team who finished fourth in the 1975 World Cup.
“Having captained the Malaysian hockey team to play in the Olympics, I have now come a full cycle. I am deeply proud and honoured to take up the challenges,” said the 65-year-old Koh Chye, who was introduced to the media on Monday.
And he wasted no time in spelling out what he hopes Malaysia will achieve in Beijing next August.
Koh Chye wants to see an increase in the number of Malaysian athletes in the fray and also in the number of sports participated.
He also wants to see an end to a medal drought.
Malaysia returned home empty-handed from Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
The last time Malaysia won medals was in Atlanta in 1996 through badminton.