Windsurfing scandal: No reason to conspire

Windsurfing scandal: No reason to conspire
(L) Hoo Hoe Keat, deputy managing director, Fish & Co. Restaurants Pte Ltd receiving a plaque from Singapore Sailing's chief executive Tan Wearn Haw. The restaurant announced their new title sponsorship of the National Youth Sailing Championships on Thursday.

One of the boys at the centre of a windsurfing team racing scandal has denied any wrongdoing.

On Thursday, The New Paper reported that five windsurfers allegedly conspired against one of their teammates, Klinsmann Ang, during the Fish and Co National Youth Sailing Championships in March.

Under the alleged pact, four of the boys helped the fifth by disrupting Klinsmann's races throughout the five-day regatta, which served as a qualifier for December's South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

Working as a team during fleet racing is considered a gross misconduct violation under the Racing Rules of Sailing.

The teen, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said there was no reason for the boys in question to do so.

BARELY NEAR HIM

He told TNP: "I wasn't involved because I was barely near him, which meant I had no effect on his race.

"There's no benefit for anyone to agree to team racing at a regatta like this because the entry fee is very expensive and there's only a trophy at stake.

"Everyone wanted to go out and do his best."

Meanwhile, the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) clarified on Thursday that the investigation was under its purview and not that of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

SSF chief executive Tan Wearn Haw said the SSF had convened an inquiry committee comprising independent members in August. The investigation is still ongoing.

He also stressed that the governing body had acted according to protocol under the international rules that govern the sport.

In an e-mail response to queries from TNP, Tan said: "Without the specific allegations put in writing and due process followed, it would also invalidate the case on technicality.

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