And RSC, a club established in 1884, is a legacy of the colonial British government of the 19th century with sports development and participation being their main activity.
Royal Selangor has been actively involved in the development of badminton, cricket, darts, football, hockey, netball, rugby, squash and swimming.
Over the years, the RSC has played an important role in grooming many national athletes who had represented the country in the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympics.
RSC president Bryan Perera, who received the award on behalf of the club, said it was a proud moment for Royal Selangor.
“We have been playing an active role in the promotion and development of sports for many decades. And we are happy to gain recognition from the Olympic Council of Malaysia,’’ said Bryan.
The Olympic Council of Malaysia Women and Sports Committee also presented awards to outstanding women who had contributed to the advancement of women in sports. Former national hurdler Datuk Marina Chin, the principal of the Bukit Jalil Sports School, was presented with the OCM Women and Sport Award.
The leadership award went to Linda Geh Guan Yeow, while the other recipients were Ee Hong (grassroots development), Beatrice Alfred Lajawa (technical achievement) and Abdul Hadi Ahmad –Kimberley Ann Gagnon (partnership).
Malaysia Netball Association president Datuk Suraya Yaacob was named as the winner of the IOC achievement diploma.
Fifteen former internationals were inducted into the OCM Hall of Fame. They are Aminullah Karim (hockey) Lawrence Van Huizen (hockey), Lim Heng Chek (hockey), Fong Seow Hor (swimming), Michael Arulraj (hockey), Daphne Boudville (hockey, athletics and football), Hector Durairatnam (cricket), Ahmad Mahmud (athletics and rugby), N. Thanabalan (football), Datuk Kamaruddin Abdul Ghani (equestrian), Rosli Abdul Kadir (cycling), Datuk Ow Soon Kooi (hockey), M. Vasugi (taekwondo), R. Dhanaraj (taekwondo) and Chai Fong Ying (wushu).
Fong Ying, a two-time world champion, was the youngest among the inductees. The 23-year-old is pursuing an accountancy degree programme at Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Hall of Fame inductees: Aminullah Karim, Lawrence Van Huizen, Datuk Ow Soon Kooi, Michael Arulraj, Lim Heng Chek (all hockey), Fong Seow Hor (swimming), Daphne Boudville (hockey, athletics, football), Hector Durairatnam (cricket), Ahmad Mahmud (athletics, rugby), N. Thanabalan (football), Datuk Kamaruddin Abdul Ghani (equestrian), Rosli Abdul Kadir (cycling), M. Vasugi, R. Dhanaraj (both taekwondo), Chai Fong Ying (wushu).
IOC Trophy: Royal Selangor Club
IOC Achievement Diploma: Datuk Suraya Yaacob
Women Sports Award: Datuk Marina Chin
Women Leadership Award: Linda Geh Guat Yeow
Women Grassroots Development Award: Ee Hong
Women Sport Technical Achievement Award: Beatrice Alfred Lajawa
Women Sport Partnership Award: Abdul Hadi Ahmad and Kimberley Ann Gagnon
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