SPORTING HEROES > HALL OF FAME > WONG PENG SOON
The late Wong Peng Soon (1918 – 1996) won a string of titles in both international and regional championships in the 1930s through the ‘50s. These included the Danish Open Singles, the Indian Open singles/doubles, the Philippines Open singles/doubles and many others. He was the undisputed singles champion in Singapore (7 times) and Malaya (8 times) during this period.
Peng Soon was the first Asian to win the All-England Championships four times in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1955. His consecutive wins from 1950 to 52 gave him the privilege of retaining the All-England cup. His exploits were world renowed. He became a household name and was known to the world as the “Great Wong”.
In addition to being a member of the victorious Thomas Cup team in 1948/49 and 1952, he was also the Captain in 1955. He was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his outstanding contribution to badminton. Wong's sporting career culminated with the Certificate of Honor (Sijil Kemuliaan) bestowed on him by the Singapore Government in 1962. This is to date, the highest national day award ever to be given to any sports personality.
Wong was posthumously inducted into the International Badminton Federation's Hall of Fame in May 1999. Earlier, he had been awarded the International Badminton Federation (IBF) Long & Distinguished Service Award.
In inducting Wong into the IBF Hall of Fame, the former Chairman (IBF), Mr H R Ward said, “Wong was one of the most remarkable players” and “had enhanced the sport through exceptional achievements”.