Lee aims to fine-tune swim selection policy

Lee aims to fine-tune swim selection policy
A day after edging out his rival, Lee Kok Choy got straight down to business, with discussions on social media while attending the SEA Swimming Championships

Less than a day after emerging victorious in a tightly-contested election, newly-appointed Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) president Lee Kok Choy wasted no time in getting in the thick of the action.

The 62-year-old, who beat Singapore Bowling Federation president Jessie Phua 17-16 in the SSA presidential race, was spotted at the Sports Hub's OCBC Aquatic Centre yesterday, on day one of the South-east Asian Swimming Championships.

Acknowledging that time is of the essence, he told The Sunday Times: "There is a lot of discussion to be done among the team, and many more meetings.

"In fact we are discussing right now on (instant messaging application) WhatsApp. I've never used WhatsApp so much in my life."

One issue the former national breaststroke champion wasted no time in ironing out was selection policies for major Games.

Midway through his interview, he stopped to arrange a meeting with vice-president (swimming) Joscelin Yeo and assistant secretary-general (swimming) Ang Peng Wee.

Lee explained: "The selection process is most urgent, we have to move quickly to do something there. The criteria for selection is straightforward, but the problem is which races (the swimmers should) use for selections.

"We must remember that we have athletes around the world, who might be given waivers. It's important to then communicate these changes.

"All the stakeholders are reasonable people, but we should inform them early, otherwise they might feel offended."

Coaching and education is another area he said his team would focus on. This was an area of personal interest - he had aspired to be a swimming coach when he was younger.

Lee, who swam for Singapore in the 1971 Seap Games: "I would read a lot of swimming books, make notes, and apply it in my training. During campaigning, I met many local coaches, and realised they had dreams like mine.

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