The Chef-De-Mission of the Malaysian contingent to the Beijing Olympic Games is Datuk Ho Koh Chye. A renowned sports personality, Datuk Ho started life as a teacher and at the age of 20 he represented Malaysia in hockey at the 1962 Asian Games. Playing as a goalkeeper, he has represented the nation in 2 Olympics and 2 Asian Games. From back at the goal post, he is able to get a good view of the game and this taught him the art of reading the game.
This became his forte and he utilise this intuition throughout his life be it as player, teacher, coach, team manager, hockey administrator, Deputy DG of NSC or as Deputy Chef-De-Mission. He has the ability to motivate his charges and is able to get the best in them.
So, when Datuk Ho said he felt Malaysia has a chance to obtain its first gold in the Olympics, I think he was not doing that as a public relations exercise. I am sure he meant every word of it. The badminton players have the potential to deliver. Datuk Ho seems to have the personal "feng shui" to bring success. He did it with the 1975 World Cup hockey team as coach and 1992 Barcelona Olympic hockey team as team manager. All the more reason why his presences as the Chef-De-Mission would provide our badminton players the hunger to get the gold.
If only Squash and Lawn Bowling were part of the Olympics, then Malaysia would be looking at a few more golds. Pity, but that is life. Still I am sure Datuk Ho would be doing all that is possible to ensure that the Malaysian flag is hoisted with the 'NegaraKu" music being played. History would be created and our first Olympian millionaire would be showing off his gold medal.
Good Luck Datuk Ho and Malaysia at the Beijing Olympic.