Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Ho Koh Chye (1942-2008)
I was shocked and saddened when I received an sms from Lazarus Rokk informing me that one of Malaysia's greatest sportsman, former Olympian Datuk Ho Koh Chye passed away at the Kelana Medical Centre this evening.
Although at the point of writing this blog, the cause of his death had not been established, it was learnt that he had earlier today complained of abdominal pains.
Ho, 66, was a great sportsman. He represented Malaysia in hockey for many years and played a pivotal role in making Malaysia the top four in the world hockey ranking. Those were the days when you took part in sports in the spirit of nationalism and patriotism and not the lure of monetary rewards. Those were the days when Ho, like other sportsmen and sportswomen, survived on a RM10 meal allowance a day.
An old boy of St Paul's Institution in Seremban, Ho was one of the best hockey goalkeepers the country had ever produced.
Even after retiring from active hockey, he continued to contribute as a volunteer towards developing Malaysian sports.
He was the Chef-de-Mission of the Malaysian Contingent to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Having represented Negri Sembilan in hockey from 1983 to 1989, I knew Ho as a dedicated man who devoted his entire 66 years of life to the development of sports in Malaysia, especially hockey.
Ho's untimely death leaves a vacuum in the Malaysian sporting arena which only a great person like he was can fill.