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Lee Bee Wah will not seek another term as STTA President

The Member of Parliament said fellow MP Ellen Lee is likely to be the candidate chosen to succeed her, but ex-STTA President Choo Wee Khiang is also expected to run for the post.   

SINGAPORE: Member of Parliament Lee Bee Wah announced on Friday (Aug 15) that she will not be seeking another term as the President of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA). The association is holding its election on September 6.

An emotional Ms Lee teared up as she shared with the media her achievements over the past six years when she was in charge of the sport. Under her watch, Singapore ended a 48-year wait for an Olympic medal when the table tennis team won silver in 2008. Two years later, Singapore paddlers caused a huge stir when they upset perennial powerhouse China to win the World Team Table Tennis Championships.

The current President said she has a capable team to take over and would like them to continue her legacy of grooming more young homegrown players to attain world-class standards in the sport. She said she hopes that at least one or two local players could be part of the Singapore team at the 2020 Olympics.

"For our players to be world-class, they have to be training full-time at a certain point of their playing career. So we hope that with all these pipelines in place, we can have the support of parents. We need a change of the mindset of parents to let their children pursue table tennis if they have interest," said Ms Lee.

She also said it is likely that Sembawang GRC MP Ellen Lee will be the candidate to succeed her, but the official announcement will only come on Aug 25.

Channel NewsAsia understands that a former member of the old guard could contest the position. Ms Lee took the helm of the association in 2008, replacing former MP Choo Wee Khiang.

Last year, Mr Choo was acquitted of criminal breach of trust by a district court. He had been accused of misappropriating S$8,400 of STTA’s funds, but was eventually cleared of the allegation.