Singapore Athletics

SINGAPORE ATHLETICS IN-FIGHTING DAMAGING ATHLETES' PREPARATIONS FOR SEA GAMES

What is happening to the Singapore Athletics? Seems like trouble at the SA is still not over, perhaps undermining the athletes preparation for the SEA Games. The athletes themselves have been doing well in their recent performances in the lead up to the Games, but it is the administrators that are failing them.

Some photos of a WhatsApp conversation involving key officials of the association were leaked, and it shows there is still internal turmoil and unhappiness existing between the officials. The conversations were not dated, but reports indicated that it apparently took place at the Thailand Open last week.

In the conversation, SA vice-president (training and selection) Govindasamy Balasekaran was shown to be instructing staff to "get good evidence" to be shown to "P" - believed to be SA president Ho Mun Cheong - and "force him to get disciplinary action" on coaches Margaret Oh (sprint) and David Yeo (pole vault). Balasekaran also wrote: "Margaret needs to get into trouble so we can take action on her." SA staff such as technical director Volker Herrmann, SDP manager Ong Wan Xin and senior executive Shalindran Sathiyanesan were also part of said conversation.

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SG ATHLETICS NEXT UP FOR ELECTIONS, SKELETONS IN CLOSET WAITING TO BE UNLEASHED?

Next up us the Athletics body. The Singapore Athletics will vote their for their new leader on May 5, barely ten months after the current leadership of the Association taking office. The call for a snap poll is believed to have been prompted by numerous disagreements over several issues, which has caused conflict within the seven-member executive committee.

Wonder what skeletons in the closet they will drag out in this election. Will there be mud-slinging, accusations going back and forth, and allegations of funds misuse? This will be another interesting election. Seems the past few weeks, sports in Singapore has been getting the spotlight they crave for. Just not the kind of spotlight they would have welcomed.

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