Eddy Choong (1930-2013): Why he was Malaysia's badminton legend

Do you remember Eddy Choong? He was not just a great badminton legend but he revolutionised the badminton racket. Monday, 28th of January, Datuk Eddy Choong, who was four-time All-England champion, died of stomach haemorrhage in Georgetown. This leaves all Malaysians mourning over the death of another great badminton icon.

Why Eddy was one of Malaysia's badminton legends

Datuk Eddy and the other players, all of whom were already well established at that time, used the alley as their training ground.

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His demise aside, Choong will always be remembered for his badminton prowess and hard-fought achievements for the nation.

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Eddy Choong was considered a magician on the court despite his lack of height because he could drive the shuttlecock at any designated spot and hit the bulls eye.

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As a player, he had invented a lot of badminton shots like the attacking lob. He would send the serve high enough to give him time to run back and take position against his opponent.

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After his playing days, Eddy ventured into coaching and was known as a great inventor of badminton shots.

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Eddy Choong dies on 28th of January 2013

The late badminton great is survived by widow, Datin Maggie Thean Sun Lin, 79, and sons Finn, 53, Lionel, 51, Jorgen, 46, and Antonio, 37.

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Choong's eldest son, Datuk Finn Choong, 53, said that his father's death came as a shock to the whole family as his father was his usual active self before being warded on Saturday.

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Doctors tried to resuscitate him after his heart stopped after complications but it failed to bring him back.

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A family member said Choong died at 3pm at Loy Guan Lye Hospital here, where he had been warded for almost a week.

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Badminton great Datuk Eddy Choong, a four-time All-England singles champion, passed away Monday. He was 82.

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Eddy Choong's Achievements

In 1983, he was awarded badminton's highest honour, 'Player of the Year', by the International Badminton Federation (IBF) for excellent performance in the world of badminton.

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His proudest achievement was his four-time victory in men's singles and his three-time victory in men's double in the All England Badminton Tournament.

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He also won men’s doubles finals with his brother for 3 consecutive times from 1951 to 1953.

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He along with his brother played men’s doubles thus for the first time two bothers played in the history of badminton. The Badminton World Federation has bestowed him with a special honour.

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He served badminton in the 1950’s and won most of the honoured titles of that time.

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About Eddy Choong Ewe Beng

Eddy Choong (1930 - 28 January 2013)

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He liked badminton sports since
he was a kid. During his teenage, his talent in badminton sports had already been discovered.

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His lightning speed coupled with his famous jump-smashes on the court awed audiences and sent shivers down his opponents’ spines.

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“Good things come in small packages” – an old maxim that was certainly apt for national shuttler Eddy Choong. Standing at 5’4”, he was a dwarf among a sea of giants.

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Eddy Choong Ewe Beng (Chinese: 庄友明) (1930 - 28th January 2013) was a Chinese badminton player from Malaysia. He was David Ewe Choong's brother and they played men's doubles together.

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