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Newly appointed Singapore Cycling Federation management committee members (from left): Honorary Secretary Dr Hing Siong Chen, Vice-President (Road) Bastian Dohling and President Jeffrey Goh.
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SINGAPORE - An avid cyclist, he aimed to be the national champion for his age group at last year's Singapore National Road Cycling Championships.

But Dr Hing Siong Chen was frustrated when the event was called off at short notice, with no reasons given, and there was also no news of it returning in 2015.

Disappointed with the way the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) operated, Hing joined the team led by Nets chief executive Jeffrey Goh, in a bid to help revamp the national sports association (NSA).

Last night, Goh was appointed SCF president after his bid was uncontested at the federation's annual general meeting at Sport Singapore. He takes over from Suhaimi Haji Said.

Goh and honorary secretary Hing are part of 11 officials who will spearhead the new SCF management committee on a two-year mandate.

"We can't do anything to change the past," said the 48-year-old Goh, who hopes to capitalise on his network of business partners to secure more funding for the NSA.

"What we have is a brand new team, with no affiliations to any bike clubs. We want to build good corporate governance to rebuild trust with all the stakeholders.

"Over the next 30 days, we will map out our goals and objectives. We want to get people excited about cycling again."

Hing, a 43-year-old family physician, added: "Rebuilding this trust is very important. It is not going to happen overnight, but we will work hard at it.

"We will also be looking to bring back the National Road Cycling Championships because it is important to have our own national championships and we know many riders will be keen to take part."

SCF general manager Mahipal Singh also unveiled a five-year plan, the brainchild of a collaboration with NUS Business School students who took up the assignment as their final-year project.

After consulting the NSA and surveying riders, they delivered a strategic plan which can be summarised into four categories - expanding SCF's focus, developing outreach channels, developing a safe cycling culture, and creating a vibrant calendar of events for both competitive and leisure cyclists.

Meanwhile, Goh revealed that the SCF has filed a police report regarding a case of alleged mismanagement of team funds, but declined further comment as investigations are ongoing.

Singapore Cycling Federation Management Committee

President: Jeffrey Goh

Honorary secretary: Dr Hing Siong Chen

Assistant hon secretary: LTC (NS) Mark Ortega

Vice-president (Road): Bastian Dohling

Vice-president (Mountain bike): Lee Yee Meng

Vice-president (BMX): Maximilian Irwan Mager

Vice-president (Bike trial): Walton Seah

Vice-president (Leisure): Dr Kevin Lee Boon Leng

Vice-president (Safety and education): Steven Lim Soo Huat

Hon treasurer: James Kang

Assistant honorary treasurer: Quek Wey Lon

This article was first published on Oct 22, 2015.
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