In his day, he was regarded as the fastest man in Asia. In 1966, he earned the accolade of being the fastest man in Asia by winning three gold medals at the Bangkok Asian Games in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m events. Tan Sri Dr M Jegathesan, fondly called the Flying Doctor for blazing the tracks around Asia despite being a doctor, was an icon in the 1960s, regarded as the “Golden Era” of Malaysian athletics.
For the 7th NRC11 Nation Building Series, NRC11 has the privilege of hosting Tan Sri Dr. Mani Jegathesan, the ‘Flying Doctor’.
Date: 27th July 2011 ( Wednesday )
Time: 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Format: Presentation and Q&A
Dress Code: Smart Casual. Work clothes are fine.
Venue: Level 7 , Hilton Sentral, KL Sentral. (click for google maps)
Public Transport Access to KL Sentral:
Entrance is Free of Charge
Refreshments will be provided.
Tan Sri DR M JEGATHESAN, is a medical doctor with postgraduate qualifications in Pathology and Infectious Diseases currently working as a consultant clinical microbiologist in the private sector as well as teaching part-time as Professor at the Medical Faculty of MAHSA University College. He is also the Pro-Chancellor of the University Sains Malaysia .Previous to this He served the Ministry of Health for the main part of his career culminating in the post of Deputy Director General ( Research and Technical Support). Previous to that he was Director of its Institute for Medical Research. He has also served the World Health Organisation as consultant/temporary adviser in his areas of specialisation. He had been an active researcher as well as research manager in his areas of expertise and has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals.
Parallel to this medical career he has been actively involved with the development of Sports Medicine and Doping control in this country. He is currently the Medical Adviser to the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Chairman of the Medical and Anti-Doping Commission of the Olympic Council of Asia.
He was an active athlete in his time, having been Asia Games sprint champion, in 1962 ( Jakarta) and 1966 Bangkok) and semifinalist in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968.
Winner of two National Awards 30 years apart—the Sportsman of the Year Award in 1966 and the National Science Award in 1995 whilst his scientific contributions have earned him election as Academician ( Senior Fellow) of the Academy of Sciences of Malaysia.
At the Kingston Commonwealth Games in 1966, Dr Jega became the first Malaysian to qualify for the final of the 220-yard (now the 200 m) race. Forty years later, Dr Jegathesan not only became an accomplished athlete, well-known doctor and researcher but did the country proud yet again through his appointment as Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Medical Commission and honorary Medical Advisor for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
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