Chong Wei takes the SAM Award for a second time
THREE-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei was yesterday crowned as best athlete for the second time at the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100PLUS Awards 2016.
The 35-year-old won the award ahead of diving duo Pandelela Rinong-Cheong Jun Hoong, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (badminton), Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (badminton), Azizulhasni Awang (cycling), Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari (silat) and Moto3 rider Khairul Idham Pawi.
Chong Wei previously won the award in 2008, the same year he bagged his first silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.
Apart from winning the silver medal at the Rio Olympics last year, Chong Wei also won the Malaysia Masters, Malaysia Open, Asia Badminton Championships and Japan Open.
Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi won the inaugural Best Paralympic Athlete award for his feat in clinching Malaysia’s first gold medal at the Rio Paralympic Games in the men’s 100m (T36) race.
The Perlis-born sprinter also won gold at the IPC Athletics Championships in China and Asia Oceania.
Both Chong Wei and Ridzuan received a trophy and RM10,000 each from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri, 17, was named Best Young Athlete following her consistent showing throughout 2016, which also earned her a spot in the women’s 10m platform event at the Rio Games.
The National Silat Federation of Malaysia (PESAKA) received the Dynamic Sports Association award while Bukit Jalil Sports School’s Megat Syafique Syazwan Mohd Khairul won the Education Ministry League best player award.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi presents Lee Chong Wei the SAM award for the best athlete in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Looking on are Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and SAM president Ahmad Khawari Isa.