SEA Games: Singapore appoints 2 chefs de mission in a first

SEA Games: Singapore appoints 2 chefs de mission in a first
Mr Nicholas Fang (left) and Dr Tan Eng Liang are appointed as chefs de mission to lead Team Singapore at the 2015 SEA Games. Mr Fang is a two-time SEA Games bronze medalist in fencing, and is the president of the Singapore Modern Pentathlon Association. Dr Tan is the vice-president of Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC). It marks the first time that two chefs de mission have been appointed for the Games.

As a cub reporter with dreams of athletic success, a 16-year-old Nicholas Fang was all caught up in the excitement and fanfare of the 1993 South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

Held in Singapore, he watched, listened and learnt from the best athletes in the region strutting their stuff.

Twenty years and two SEA Games fencing bronze medals later, Fang is once again feeling the same sort of excitement.

Singapore will hold the 28th SEA Games in June next year and Fang is already looking forward to learning, and perhaps even emulating, some of the best - albeit in a different capacity.

Yesterday, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) named veteran sports administrator Tan Eng Liang, 76, and 38-year-old Fang as the Republic's chefs de mission (CDM) for the 2015 Games, which will coincide with the country's 50th year of independence.

Expecting an unusually large Team Singapore contingent of around 600 athletes, this is the first time the SNOC have appointed two CDMs and the duo will share the workload in creating a conducive environment for the Republic's best sportsmen and women to do battle.

Speaking to The New Paper yesterday, Fang said: "Dr Tan has been there, done that in just about every aspect of sports here, he's even helmed the contingent at the Olympics."

"And I can't say this enough - it's a great chance to learn."

A former national waterpolo player, Dr Tan is an Olympian and a former Member of Parliament (1972 to 1980).


He was CDM of the Singapore team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when the Republic's women's table tennis team won a silver - the first Olympic medal since Tan Howe Liang's weightlifting silver in 1960.

"I have been working with him for the last few months already, as part of committees he leads - I do that as a member of the SNOC (of which Dr Tan is a vice-president)."

"And it's good to see his style because in local sports administration, he really has been there and done that," said Fang, who is also the President of the Singapore Modern Pentathlon Association.

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