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Three-time Olympic swimmer Alex Lim Keng Liat
Honour for Olympic swimmer Lim


17 Jan 2010
Three-time Olympic swimmer Alex Lim Keng Liat has been appointed Malaysia’s Chef de Mission for the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this summer. The Olympic Council of Malaysia made the appointment at the eighth Executive Board meeting on January 12.

Lim is the most outstanding swimmer Malaysia has produced. He is the only swimmer to have won an Asian Games gold medal, which he achieved at Bangkok 1998 in the 100m backstroke. He is the first and only Malaysian swimmer to have won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games and to qualify for the swimming semi-finals at an Olympic Games.

He is also the first and only Malaysian to enter the final in the 100m backstroke at the FINA world swimming championship Barcelona, Spain. At the SEA Games he won a total of 14 gold medals from 1997 to 2005.

At the same meeting, the Executive Board approved the OCM Athletes Commission, which has been established with seven members. The Chair of the Commission, Ms. Phan Su Ming (wushu), and a representative, Ms. Elaine Chee (ice hockey), were appointed to the OCM Executive Board.

In other news from the OCM, the following five athletes and officials were inducted into the OCM Hall of Fame at the 17th OCM annual dinner on January 16: Dr. A. E. Delilkan (cricket), Darshan Singh (cycling), James Selvaraj (badminton), Alex Lim Keng Liat (swimming) and Ho Ro Bin (wushu).

The OCM–Coca-Cola Olympian of the Year Awards for 2009 have been won by: Male -- Daniel Bego, who won five SEA Games gold medals in swimming in Vientiane and broke four SEA Games records. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Athlete of the 25th SEA Games. Daniel Bego won the 2007 OCM–Coca-Cola Olympian of the Year Award. Female -- women’s badminton team that won the SEA Games women’s team event after 34 years.
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