So long Mr Strongman

PETALING JAYA: Ng Chow Seng (pic) will be remembered as the weightlifter who continued to pursue excellence in his sport even in his golden years.

The country lost a dedicated sportman with Chow Seng’s passing at the age of 86 in Bukit Mertajam due to pneumonia on Friday.

The late Chow Seng first represented Malaya in the 1961 SEAP Games (now SEA Games) held in Rangoon, Burma where he won the bronze medal.

He went on to represent the country in the SEAP Games in 1965, 1967, and 1973 and contributed another bronze medal in the 1967 Games in Bangkok.

The sport of weightlifting has been Chow Seng’s passion since 1949 when he was 14 in Alor Setar.

The former Royal Malaysian Army Warrant Officer II continued his passion even after his competitive days in the SEAP Games and represented Malaysia as a master weightlifter.

Chow Seng, who spends four hours a day training even in his golden years, claimed his sixth gold for Malaysia at the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Auckland, New Zealand four years ago.

Dubbed Mr. Strongman, Chow Seng was the director of weightlifting competition when Malaysia hosted the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

He was inducted into the OCM Hall of Fame in 2012 for his contributions to the development of weightlifting in various capacities – from national representative to a technical official.

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