Monday July 2, 2012
Kok Keong shows glimpses of his former self during doubles team event
By NG WEI LOON
Photos by SAM THAM
FORMER Thomas Cupper Foo Kok Keong had a chance to relive the special moments on court at the Foo Kok Keong Cup doubles team event tournament at the Kelab Shah Alam Selangor (KSAS) recently.
Kok Keong, who played a pivotal role in the fruitful Thomas Cup campaign at Kuala Lumpur in 1992, is highly rated for his resilience and fighting spirit during his competitive career.
The 49-year-old Kok Keong was part of the victorious KSAS Alpha in the recent three-day meet jointly hosted by Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and KSAS in honour of the former national shuttler as well as a form of recognition for his past contributions.
After featuring in three ties earlier, the eventual champions Alpha opted to rest the exhausted Kok Keong in the final tie against Ipoh Swimming Club.
Alpha fended off a strong challenge from visitors Ipoh Swimming Club before prevailing with a narrow 3-2 victory.
Lim Pek Siah provided Alpha with two crucial points pairing up Law Pei Pei in the womenís open doubles (above 28 years) as well as forging a winning partnership with Seah Ah Buan in the mixed doubles (a woman above 28 years teaming up with a man above 50 years).
Pek Siah-Pei Pei chalked up an untroubled victory and tamed the combination of Lam Yin Ling-Jessica Wong 21-7, 21-11 in the womenís open doubles.
However, Pek Siah-Ah Buan were forced to slog and came from one game down before the Alpha duo secured a hard-earned 18-21, 21-16, 21-16 win over Lam Yin Ling-Thomas Voo in the mixed doubles.
Alphaís Muniandy-Chua Koh Keong also provided the joy delivering a point in the menís combined age 105 years doubles.
Ipoh Swimming Club registered two points through Foo Yew Chyuan-Tan Say Hua and Loo Ah Hooi-Chan Ton Feon in the menís open doubles and menís combined age 120 years doubles respectively.
Winners Alpha pocketed RM6,000 for their feat while runners-up Ipoh Swimming Club settled for RM3,000.
Meanwhile, Badminton Taiping Association edged KSAS Bravo 3-2 in the playoff for third and took home RM1,800.
Bravo received RM1,200 for finishing fourth and an additional RM600 for emerging as the best attired team contest.
In addition, Bravoís partnership of Sapto Adi-Yap Yee Hup were voted as the most outstanding pair in the tournament.
Besides Klang Valley-based entries, a total of eight team including visiting sides from Penang and Perak also joined the occasion.
Charlie were the other side under the KSAS banner while MBSA and Sunway Lagoon fielded a team each.
Penangís Chinese Recreation Club were also in action.