Other VIPs were YB Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia, YB. Encik Wee Jeck Seng, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia and Mrs Wee, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Mohd Yasin Mohd Salleh, Secretary General, Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia and Chairman of the Selection Committee of the National Sports Awards 2008, and Y.Bhg. Datuk Dr. M. Jegathesan, Deputy President, Olympic Council of Malaysia. Over 800 guests, representing National Sports Associations, government sports agencies, sponsors, Malaysian Paralympic Council, Media and Olympic Council of Malaysia were also present.
The winners of the National Sports Awards 2008 are:-
Sportsman of the Year – Y.Bhg. Dato’ Lee Chong Wei (Badminton – 2008 Olympic Games Men’s Singles silver medalist)
Sportswoman of the Year – Y.Bhg. Dato’ Nicol Ann David (World Women’s Squash Champion 2008)
Men’s Team of the Year – Malaysian Men’s Olympic Archery Team (Quarter-Finalist at the 2008 Olympic Games)
Women’s Team of the Year – Malaysian Women’s Squash Team (Asian Women’s team Champion 2008)
Men’s Coach of the Year – Y.Bhg. Dato’ Mohamad Misbun Dato’ Haji Sidek (Badminton – Coach of Y.Bhg. Dato’ Lee Chong Wei).
Women’s Coach of the Year – No winner
Sports Leadership Award – The late Dato’ Ho Koh Chye (Chef de Mission, Malaysian Contingent of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games).
Special Award – Ms. Petrina Low (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
Sportsman of the Year for Paralympic Athletes – Zul Amirul Sidi bin Abdullah (Swimming)
Sportswoman of the Year for Paralympic Athletes – Siow Lee Chan (Power Lifting – Bronze Medalist at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games)