Sunday, September 11, 2011

Badminton legend dies

Former All-England doubles badminton champion Datuk David Choong Ewe Leong died Saturday (6.30am) at his home in Penang’s Tanjong Tokong. He was 82.

He leaves behind a wife, three sons and a daughter.

With his younger brother, Datuk Eddy Choong, he clinched a hattrick of All-England men's doubles titles through 1951 to 1953.

Eddy told Bernama Online that David had a stroke 15 years ago which he survived. However he suffered a second stroke which put him in a coma these last nine years.

Eddy said that he was very close to his brother, being doubles partners they trained and played together in England for 10 years.

He said his passing is a great loss to the country.

David has also held the All-England mixed doubles crown with June White Timperly in 1953.  

He then pursued a career in politics as a state exco. He was the only MCA-Alliance candidate to win in the Penang City Council elections.

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