Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Elyas Omar
Sport: Badminton, Cycling & Football
Year Inducted: 2007
Tan Sri Elyas Omar is known as the man with the golden touch. Born in 16 November 1936, Tan Sri Elyas rose to prominence in sports when he was the Lord Mayor of Kuala Lumpur from 1981 to 1992.
Under the guidance of Tan Sri Elyas, badminton regained some lost glory when Malaysia won the Thomas Cup in 1992. From then on, the badminton scene in Malaysia also changed.
Tan Sri Elyas is also credited for ligting the Kuala Lumpur football team to a higher level when he was the President of the Kuala Lumpur FA from 1984 to 1996. Cycling also enjoyed some steady growth and success when Tan Sri Elyas was heading the national body from 1984 to 1988.
Tan Sri Elyas, who is currently the Sports Commissioner, was the President of Asian Badminton Confederation (ABC) from 1991 to 1993 and the Vice President of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) from 1984 to 1998.
He obtained his BA (Hons) from University Malaya-Singapore in 1960 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, USA in 1965. Tan Sri Elyas was awarded an Honorary LLD by the “Universiti Sains Malaysia” in 1992 and an Honorary Ph.D by the United States Sports Academy in 1998.
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