Olympic Council of Malaysia has set the wheels in motion by naming National Sports Council director general Datuk Zolkples Embong as the chef-de-mission for Guangzhou, while the man he proposed to be the BA of Malaysia chief, Datuk Nadzmi Salleh, who is also chairman of Proton Holdings, will lead the contingent to New Delhi.
OCM president, Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar, speaking to sportsnews.olympic.org.my, will seek Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek's blessings on Zolkples' appointment.
Zolkples who was the deputy CDM for the Busan Asiad in 2002, is the first NSC DG be given the honour to head a contingent to the Asiad. Previous CDMs were former quartermiler and founding secretary for OCM and MAAU, N.M. Vasagam (Manila 1954), S.M. Yong (Tokyo 1958), Oh Boon Tat (Jakarta 1962), Tan Sri Jamil Rais (Bangkok 1966), Lee Kuan Yew (Bangkok 1970), Tunku Adnan Tunku Besar Burhanuddin (Tehran 1974), Tan Sri Mohamad Rahmat (Bangkok 1978), Datuk Wan Mansor (New Delhi 1982), Tun Hamid Omar (Seoul 1986), Datuk Alex Lee (Beijing 1990), Datuk Taha Ariffin (Hiroshima 1994), Prof Datuk Zakaria Ahmad and Norminshah Sabirin (Bangkok 1998), Datuk Khalid Yunus (Busan 2002) and Datuk Abdullah Sani Karim (Doha 2006).
Nadzmi follows in the footsteps of Khaw Kai Boh (Cardiff 1954), Oh Boon Tat (Perth 1960 and Kingston 1966), Sum Kok Seng (Edinburgh 1970), Tunku Adnan (Christchurch 1974), Thong Poh Nyen (Edmonton 1978), Tan Sri Khir Johari (Brisbane 1982), Tan Sri Elyas Omar (Auckland 1990), Ally Ong (Victoria 1994), Datuk Khalid Yunus (Kuala Lumpur 1998), W.Y. Chin (Manchester 2002) and Datuk Seri Kee Yong Wee (Melbourne 2006).