Athletics: SAA clears James Wong

Athletics: SAA clears James Wong
Discus stalwart James Wong had been accused of several offences, including submitting excessive mileage claims.

That was the conclusion of the Singapore Athletic Association's (SAA) three-member board of inquiry yesterday, on allegations made against general manager James Wong.

Wong (above), a 10-time South-east Asia champion, had been accused by SAA vice-president (organising and competition) Loh Chan Pew to have been involved in irregular practices.

Three allegations were made. Firstly, that Wong had submitted excessive mileage claims last December

Secondly, that there was a conflict of interest when his wife, Jana Lauren, was selected by IAAF RDC-Jakarta to head a coaching course in Indonesia.

And finally, that there was a conflict of interest when Wong used his position with the SAA to help with a tug-of-war event at Teck Ghee CSC, where he is also the chairman.

Speaking to The New Paper last night, SAA president Tang Weng Fei said that all three allegations were dismissed by the board after their investigations.

The three board members were SAA vice-president (finance) William Wong, honorary treasurer Cheng Heng Tan and legal adviser Clarence Lun.



Said Tang: "The board concluded that the mileage claims were not excessive, as they were within Wong's remuneration package, which entitles him up to $500 claims a month.

"Wong's claims in December came up to $208. He was in Myanmar for the South-east Asia (SEA) Games for nine days that month, but even so, after working things out, the claims were reasonable."

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