Ensure smooth running of major sports events

Ensure smooth running of major sports events

How can the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore claim to be among the world's best if a "technical issue" can result in the disqualification of several runners ("'Technical issue' to blame"; Wednesday)?

Aside from missing out on the monetary rewards, to be told that one has been disqualified is demoralising and frustrating to runners who have trained so hard for the event.

The organiser should have checked the nuts and bolts before commencing a marathon of this magnitude and importance.

Merely saying "sorry" will not undo the damage done to the affected participants as well as the country's reputation.

At a time when we are trying to put Singapore on the world sporting map and preparing for the opening of the Sports Hub, every effort should be made to ensure there are no technical glitches during the staging of major sports events.

Limiting the number of participants, as suggested by Mr Denis Distant ("Explain marathon 'running chip' fiasco"; Forum Online, Wednesday), is not the answer because marathons with more participants take place without a hitch in other cities worldwide.

I hope the sponsor of Sunday's marathon will be more responsible and accountable when staging major sports events in the future.

V. Subramaniam (Dr)

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