KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 (Bernama) -- Former Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Elyas Omar will continue to be remembered as a national sports figure who had contributed greatly towards the development of Malaysian sports, sports activists said.
The late Elyas, who was also the third mayor of Kuala Lumpur, headed the national badminton parent body for eight years from 1985 and led the national squad to forge its name globally by winning the Thomas Cup in 1992.
BAM recorded its condolences on the death of the late Elyas, 82, who had died at the National Heart Institute (IJN) due to health complications last night.
"Condolences to the family of former BAM President, Tan Sri Elyas Omar. His contribution and legacy to national sports, especially badminton will always be remembered and appreciated. His departure is a huge loss for the country. May his soul be placed among the believers," said BAM President Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria.
Also sharing the same view was one of the 1992 Thomas Cup national squad players, Rashid Sidek who described him as a loving father.....