SAA thinks long term in search for foreign head coach

SAA thinks long term in search for foreign head coach

THE Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) is looking abroad for a national head coach to help local athletes become contenders at the Asian level.

Rather than just aim for glory on home soil at the 2015 SEA Games, SAA president Tang Weng Fei said the move is targeted at long-term growth for the sport here.

The Straits Times understands that there are two applicants - from Russia and Uzbekistan - so far, even before the association has begun advertising for the position.

Both are in their 50s and have previously coached their respective national teams.

Said Tang: "We're going to have to think further than just 2015, and we want to look for someone who has the credentials to bring our athletes up to the Asian Games level."

He added that the SAA will also likely appoint a local as its permanent head of high performance, replacing vice-president (competitions organising) Loh Chan Pew, who has acted as interim chief since March last year.

"We'll take a look at more (candidates) and try to get everything settled by the second quarter of the year," added Tang.

The new national head coach is likely to help narrow the Singapore team's focus on the sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps - events which Tang feels the Republic has potential to excel in.

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