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Athletics GM James Wong quits

The resignation comes just one week after the national sports association’s annual general meeting.

SINGAPORE: Former national thrower James Wong has quit as general manager of the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA), with the 45-year-old handing in his resignation just one week after the national sports association’s (NSA) annual general meeting on June 23.

SAA president Tang Weng Fei, who was re-elected after seeing off the challenge of Sng Sze Hiang, revealed on Thursday night (July 10) that Wong had tendered his resignation on June 30, citing personal reasons for his decision.

Two senior managers from national governing body Sport Singapore, Yazeen Buhari (national sports associations partnership) and Andy Behl (business partnership), will be seconded to the SAA at the request of the association and will assume the posts of general manager and project manager respectively.

A 10-time SEA Games gold medallist – nine discus and one hammer – Wong joined the SAA as general manager in December 2012 after quitting his elected management committee post of chief of sports development and performance.

But Wong was accused of wrongdoing by SAA vice-president (competitions organising) Loh Chan Pew, who sent a letter of complaint to Sport Singapore earlier this year.

The SAA’s Board of Inquiry eventually cleared him of any wrongdoing, with Sport Singapore announcing last month it had accepted the board’s findings and closed the case.

Wong’s decision to resign comes after a dramatic SAA election last month, which saw the opposing team, including Loh and honorary secretary Ho Mun Cheong, winning five out of 14 seats in the management committee.

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