Thursday, December 4, 2008

Datuk Ho Koh Chye - A God Of Sportsmen

Malaysian sports recently lost a titan with the passing of hockey lord Datuk Gregory Ho Koh Chye.

The 66-year-old from Seremban who died of cancer on December 3, 2008 was an outstanding Olympian who kept goal for Malaysia in two Olympics - Tokyo 1964 and Mexico City 1968.

Ho honed his skills during his schooldays in St Paul’s Institution, Seremban, and coached the Malaysian hockey squad to a fourth placing in the 1975 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, the national hockey team’s best ever result to date.

A man of integrity who firmly believed in discipline, spartan ways, meritocracy, family values, diligence, excellence and the spirit of Malaysian-ness, Ho was immensely popular in the sports fraternity and became the chef-de-mission to the Beijing Olympics last August.