Friday, April 04, 2014

Bodybuilder Sazali Samad Crowned 2013 SAM-100Plus-KBS Sportsman Of The Year

PETALING JAYA, April 3 (Bernama) -- Nine times Mr Universe title winner Sazali Abd Samad added another feather to his cap after being crowned SAM-100Plus-KBS 2013 Sportsman of the Year.

The Batu Pahat-born sub inspector who is on record the most successful bodybuilder Malaysia has produced, defeated a stellar cast that included world number woman squash player Datuk Nicol David, Datuk Lee Chong Wei (badminton), Ho Mun Hwa/Diana Bong Siong Lin (wushu) and divers Leong Mun Yee/Pandelela Rinong.

Sazali, 47, who claimed his first Mr Universe title in the 65kg category (bantamweight) when Melaka staged the world championships in 2000 and followed win with another in Moscow (2004) and Ostrava, Czech Republic (2006).

He moved up to the lightweight (70kg) category and won it on his first attempt in Jeju, South Korea (2007) before victories in Dubai (2009), Varanasi, India (2010), Melaka (2011), Bangkok (2012) and last year.

Sazali who has also won the Mr Asia title in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012 feels the award would be tonic for him to win his 10th Mr Universe title when he heads to Mumbai, India for the World Body Building Championship in November.

The SAM award presented by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin comes with RM10,000 cash and a trophy.

"I did not expect my name to be announced as the winner because the competition was really stiff and the nominees were all world class," he said.

The other awards presented today were for 'Comeback Athlete', 'Young Athlete' and 'Most Dynamic Association'.

The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) walked away with the 'Most Dynamic Association' award while the National Junior hockey squad were the recipient of a Special Award.

National middle distance ace Mohd Jironi Riduan was crowned 'Comeback Athlete of the Year' while young diver Mohd Nazreen Abdullah received the 'Young Athlete' award.

Khairy who gave away prizes to the winners said the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) has an important role to play in uplifting the standard of sports reporting in the country.

"The Ministry of Youth and Sports will continue to support SAM in its efforts to promote sports in the country," he said.


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