* Football Everyday * Star Golf Sunday July 5, 2009 Ciku inspired Chong Ming to give something back to society


KUALA LUMPUR: World Cham­pionships-bound men doubles shuttler Chan Chong Ming will always remember the good deeds of his former coach Moe Chin Kiat.

In fact, Chong Ming learnt from his former master to develop an interest for going the extra mile to tend to the needs of others.

And before going for the world meet in India, Chong Ming will take time off from his training to do what Chin Kiat taught him – helping out others.

This time around it is to raise awareness of the Malaysian paralympic team who will be competing in the Asean Para Games next month.

Chin Kiat, also fondly known as Ciku, is currently the badminton coach of the paralympic team.

Chong Ming and his Pioneer Sports Management (M) Sdn Bhd partners Chew Choon Eng, Lee Wan Wah and Wong Choong Hann will also be involved in a fund raising programme – via badminton competitions – for three charity organisations.

The programme is jointly organised by the CIMB Foundation and Bukit Damansara House Owners Association (BDHOA).

Funds raised via entry fees for the badminton tournaments, coaching clinics and a fun fair will be channelled to the following charities – PetPositive, Dialysis Centre of the Society of St Vincent de Paul and National Kidney Foundation and Mercy Malaysia’s medical mission to Sri Lanka.

Chong Ming, who left the national team two years ago to seek his fortune as an independent player together with Choon Eng, said he was inspired to contribute back to the community.

“I suppose I learnt that from my master. Ciku (Chin Kiat) was my coach when I was 11-12 years old. But he was more than a coach to me,” said Chong Ming.

“He used to take care of me during school holidays at Kuala Selangor. In fact, money was then hard to come by but he makes sure that I had all I neded to play badminton.

“He always put others ahead of him and he is one who is not after recognition for his deeds. I am happy that I can help Ciku in a bid to raise awareness of the achievements of the Paralympic athletes,” added Chong Ming.

Although having his hands full with charity work and coaching clinics, Chong Ming’s fire has not been doused as far as winning honours on the badminton court.

He will be making his fifth trip to a world meet, when he heads to Hyderabad for this year’s world championship, which will be held from Aug 10-16.

He won a bronze medal with Choon Eng at the 2001 edition in Seville and also nailed another bronze with Koo Kien Keat at the 2005 edition in Anaheim in the USA.

“My former coach will be happy if I can also do well in my badminton career. It has not been a great year for Choon Eng and I so far this year. But we are still dreaming of being among the medallist in this meet,” he said.

Chong Ming-Choon Eng are considered as one of the dark-horses of the world meet together with another former Malaysian pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and South Koreans Hwang Ji-man-Han Sang-hoon.

“It was a surprise that we were named for the world meet as the fourth ranked pair. But we have been training hard despite our hectic schedule and we are looking forward to a good showing in India,”said Chong Ming.

Chong Ming, whose contract with Victor will end this year, had turned down an offer to coach and spar in Japan last year because he still thinks that there are a few good years left in his badminton career.

Besides Chong Ming-Choon Eng and Wan Wah-Tan Fook, the other two Malaysian pairs going for the world meet are Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif.


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