Just last week, in conjunction with the upcoming World Cup 2014, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Wong Choon Wah, who passed away earlier this year. In his heyday, Choon Wah was one of the best midfielders produced by Malaysia. Malaysia’s soccer greats including Datuk Soh Chin Aun, Santokh Singh, Dollah Salleh and ardent football fans showed up and spent a few solemn moments honouring their comrade.
|Tribute To The Late Wong Choon Wah & World Cup 2014 Launch @ Mezzo Renaissance KL Hotel|
Wong Choon Wah (Chinese: 王春華, 31 March 1947 – 31 January 2014) was a Malaysian footballer. He competed for Malaysia at the 1972 Summer Olympics. In Malaysia Cup competitions, Wong played for Selangor FA, winning the championship five times. From 1972 to 1974 Wong played professional football with South China Athletic Association in Hong Kong.
|The daughter of the late Wong Choon Wah giving a poignant speech to the attendees|
It was a night of mixed emotions, as football enthusiasts and past Malaysia's football greats were present to give tribute to the late Wong Choon Wah. During the event, the late Wong Choon Wah's Malaysia football jersey was unveiled and framed up to be displayed at Mezzo Bar Renaissance KL Hotel.
|Tribute To The Late Wong Choon Wah|
Now I'm not exactly a very big follower of Malaysian soccer, but from what I gathered that night, Our national Malaysian football team used to be one of force to be reckoned with in the past. Being part of the 1972 summer Olympics was testament enough of Malaysia's prowess in football. I sometimes wonder what happened, with the decline in quality as compared to the past greats.
|Ex Malaysian footballers, Rennaissance GM, and the family of the late Wong Choon Wah posing for the cameras|
|Basically a good night out for everyone|
To mark the beginning of a month long soccer celebration for all nations of the world, the hotel launched Mezzo Bar & Wine Lounge as the World Cup 2014 venue with plenty of extra time before the first match. Exclusively for the launch, samba dancers and capoeira performers added a splash of Brazil and brought on the party atmosphere.
|Samba dancers and capoeira performers added a splash of Brazil to the launch|
|Mark your calendar for the upcoming World Cup 2014|
Throughout the World Cup season, Mezzo Bar & Wine Lounge will be offering beers and bar bites from around the world. Guests who patronize will have the opportunity to win free Marriott and Renaissance Hotels’ stay around Asia with the Grand Lucky prizes of 4Days/3Nights at JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi inclusive of return air tickets for two persons, 3Days/2Nights at JW Marriott Hotel Phuket and a BURG Phone Watch.
|And it's launched, the Mezzo Bar as Renaissance KL Hotel's World Cup 2014 venue|
Other lucky draw prizes include 3 Day/2 Night stays at Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua, JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya, Miri Marriott Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Hotel Medan, Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel, Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel, Bangkok Marriott Sukhumvit, Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok and Courtyard by Marriott Seoul. So be sure to check out Mezzo Bar to watch the football matches from this upcoming World Cup 2014!