Sam Chong Named Comeback Athlete of the Year 2011
Posted on 20 February 2012
FORMER Asian snooker champion Sam Chong has been selected to win the inaugural SAM-100PLUS "Comeback Athlete Of The Year (2011)" Award by the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM).

The 49-year-old veteran made a succesful return to the international snooker arena after an absence of nine years. Sam beat the odds to win the 2011 SEA Games gold medal in Jakarta together with national number one player Thor Chuan Leong in the men’s doubles event. At the Laos SEA Games in 2009, Sam was the coach of the Malaysian snooker team.

Sam will receive the Award during at the SAM-100PLUS-KBS "ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (2011)" annual Awards ceremony scheduled at the Petaling Jaya Hilton (11.30am) on Sunday (Feb 26).

Sam was the first Malaysian to become Asian champion in 1990 and during his career high had once ranked below 100 in the professional circuit of the World Snooker Association. In 1996, Sam Chong was awarded with the "Sportswriters (SAM) Award of the Year".

On Monday, World Junior badminton champion Zulfadli Zulkifli was named SAM-100PLUS "Atlit Remaja Terbaik 2011" Award winner by the SAM.

This year, SAM have come up with two new additional awards - one for the "Best Comeback Athlete" and the other - ‘Most Dynamic Association’ - for 2011.

Once again, the highlights of the Awards ceremony will be the SAM-100PLUS-KBS "Sportsman of the Year (2011)". A total of 11 nominees have been shortlisted and the voting is done by SAM members to pick the best athlete. SAM will shortlist five nominees, who will each receive an RM1,000 incentive while the winner takes home a whopping RM10,000 and a Crystal Trophy.

The nominees are Datuk Lee Chong Wei (badminton), Datuk Nicol David (squash), Pandelela Rinong (diving), Fatehah Mustafa, Jupha Somnet (cycling), Nur Suryani Taibi (shooting), Jacqueline Jenelee, Adrian Ang (bowling), Aaliyah Yoong (water-ski), Kevan Cheah (wushu) and the men’s recurve team (archery).

There is also the "Out-Do Yourself" award - the winner will be announced during the Awards ceremony. The national Under-23 squad, who defended the SEA Games Gold medal in Jakarta (2011) are the frontrunners for this award.

The SAM members also are in store for a lot of goodies this time around. They stand to win a total of RM45,000 in cash incentives for the "SAM-KBS MEDIA AWARDS (2011) " in a total of six categories.

The categories are for: (1) best news report - print, (2) commentary - print, (3) best news report - electronic, (4) commentary (electronic), (5) special report - print & electronic and (6) best photography. The Grand Overall Award (Anugerah Utama) winner is picked from the six categories and will take home RM7,000 and a Crystal Trophy. The winner of the six categories will each receive RM3,000 and a trophy. All five nominees from each of the six categories will receive RM500 and a crystal medal.

The awards ceremony will be graced by the Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad and other invited guests.

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