THE Malaysian sporting community has lost another legend, badminton great Datuk Eddy Choong, at the age of 82. News of his death came as a shock to many fans.
Many of us are still mourning the loss of another badminton great, Datuk Punch Gunalan, and now Eddy is gone.
Eddy was an inspirational player and coach to many of the present generation of national players. He was one of the most successful badminton players ever, winning more than 400 titles worldwide.
He was also the coach of Misbun Sidek and 20 other world champions.
He was the first sportsman to be inducted into the Olympic Council of Malaysia's Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also included in the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1997 by the International Badminton Federation (IBF). It also declared him Player of the Year.
Eddy was considered a magician on the court despite lacking in height because he could drive the shuttlecock to any designated spot and hit the bull's eye. He was also noted for his quickness, tenacity and stamina -- important ingredients for any sportsman.