Other sports: RIP, WY Chin – the pioneer of Malaysian tail sports

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PETALING JAYA: Former Vice President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and the man behind the rise of tail sports in the country, Professor Datuk WY Chin (pictured) has died at the 83 years old.

He leaves behind his wife Yvonne Yeoh and his daughter Lilian Chin. His son James Chin passed away several years ago.

The former founder of the Malaysian Snooker and Billiards Federation (MSBF) has been ill for a few months and died yesterday of pneumonia at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.

Chin, a licensed architect, urban planner and referee by profession, has held numerous positions in various sports organizations.

He initiated the formation of the Federal Territory Billiards and Snooker Association in 1980 and then created the MSBF in 1989, of which he became president until 2011 before handing over to Raymond Lim.

Chin has also served as Vice President of the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF), General Secretary of the Asian Billiards and Snooker Federation (ABSF) and General Secretary of the World Billiard Sports Confederation.

He also served as Vice President of the CMO for several terms and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 for his service to various sports.

Chin was chef de mission at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 and assistant chef de mission at the SEA Games in Jakarta in 1987.

He has helped household names like Sam Chong, Ooi Chin Kay, and Moh Loon Hong make a name for themselves regionally and in Asia.

MSBF President Melvin Chia expressed his sadness and described Chin as his mentor.

“I joined the federation in the early 90s. Professor Chin taught me a lot about sports and also about sports management.

“He pioneered tail sports in the country. He is the man behind the development and growth of the sport not only in the country but also at the Asian level.

Chin also contributed as an academician and taught at Limkokwing University and Tong-Ji University in Shanghai, China.

Meanwhile, Chin’s former personal assistant, Patricia Khoo, said his body had been placed at Xiao En Center in Jalan Kuari, Cheras.

The wake will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 23 and 24 while the funeral will be at 10 a.m. on June 25.

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