Athletics: Sng throws name into hat

Athletics: Sng throws name into hat
Sng Sze Hiang and his team want to bring harmony back to the athletics scene.

He was on Tang Weng Fei's side when the oil trader ousted Singapore track and field's long-serving but controversial chief Loh Lin Kok in June 2010.

Former national sprinter Ho Mun Cheong is now in a team aiming to topple the man he helped got elected four years ago.

Ho, 65, confirmed yesterday that he will throw his weight behind another former national athlete Sng Sze Hiang, who will challenge Tang for the presidency at the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) elections on June 23.

When Tang began his term, Ho was the vice-president (competitions organising), but he resigned after nine months to look after his sick wife.

"We think we can do a better job, given the experience and passion our team have," Ho told The New Paper yesterday.

"This was how I felt the last time we fought against Lin Kok. Now, I feel the same way."

He added that Sng, the chairman and chief executive officer of TTI, a global supplier of consumer electronics known for its Akira line, is backed by a "strong team".

Sng, who ran the 400m event at the 1983 South-east Asia Games, is currently overseas and couldn't be contacted for comment yesterday.

But Ho confirmed that former national track and field athletes such as Tan Ming Jen, R Alagirisamy, Leong Lee San, G Balasekaran and R Rajendran will stand in various posts.

NEGATIVITY

One of the things that prompted Ho to return to the fold was what he saw as negativity surrounding the SAA in recent times. Two weeks ago, TNP reported how national pole vaulter Rachel Yang was bracing herself for legal action from the SAA after failing to apologise over a Facebook post.

And last month, national triple-jump record-holder Stefan Tseng expressed his unhappiness after he learned he was no longer carded by the association.

Carding with the national body is split into different tiers according to the performance and potential of the athlete, and the programme gives him access to medical and career assistance, as well as stipends to defray training costs.

In the latter part of last year, national shot-putters Scott Wong and Wan Lay Chi called it quits, citing a lack of support from the SAA. Said Ho: "We want to unite all the affiliates and work closely with athletes and coaches.

"Look at recent reports in the papers - the SAA wants to sue Rachel, and there were stories about Stefan and Scott.

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