Daniel and Cai Lin honoured
From left: James Teo, Tunku Imran, Daniel Bego, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Khoo Cai Lin and Dato’ Seri Azalina Othman Said at the Olympian Of The Year 2007 award presentation ceremony last night. —Pic: Khalid Redza
SWIMMERS Daniel William Henry Bego and Khoo Cai Lin were named Best Olympians of 2007 in the men’s and women’s categories respectively last night.
Each received a trophy and RM10,000 from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is chairman of the Cabinet Committee for Sports, at the indoor arena of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) in Kuala Lumpur.
Daniel has qualified for this year’s Beijing Olympics in the 100m and 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle. At the Korat Sea Games last year, he bagged two gold in the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle and set new Games’ records.
Cai Lin, who has also qualified for the Beijing Olympics albeit under Category B, received the award based on the two gold she won at the Sea Games in the 400m and 800m freestyle.
She also set new Games’ records in both events and broke the national 800m record set by Nurul Huda Abdullah in 1998 in Canton, China.
Meanwhile, 10 former sports officials and athletes were inducted into the OCM Hall of Fame.
The former officials are Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak (hockey), Tan Sri Elyas Omar (badminton, cycling, football), Datuk T. Paul Murugasu (football), Tunku Datuk Seri Adnan Tunku Besar Burhanuddin (hockey, judo), Tan Sri P. Alagendra (hockey) and Datuk Tan Chin Nam (chess).
The former athletes are Malek Noor (bodybuilding), Shaharuddin Jaafar (cycling), Yew Cheng Hoe (badminton) and Ng Seow Meng (badminton). — Bernama