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SSA announces COI for swim cap flap at Commonwealth Games

Joscelin Yeo will lead the Singapore Swimming Association's Committee of Inquiry looking into a last-minute change in swimming caps for Team Singapore at the Commonwealth Games.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) will convene a Committee of Inquiry (COI) to look into an incident involving swimming caps at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It saw the Singapore swim team scrambling to replace their Speedo swimming caps at the last minute, because these did not conform to rules on logo size. The caps the swimmers ended up wearing did not have the Singapore flag emblazoned on them.

The SSA announced in a news release on Tuesday (Aug 12) that the COI will be chaired by the association's Vice-President for Swimming Joscelin Yeo. She will be assisted by Mr Lau Kok Keng, Equity Partner at law firm Rajah & Tann, Mr Ho Mun Wai, Deputy Director at Republic Polytechnic and Mr Lenard Pattiselanno, Director of Business Partnership at SportSG.

They will seek to:

- Establish factors and circumstances that led to the administrative lapse which prevented the use of the original swimming caps; 

- Determine if the subsequent reaction by all parties was sufficient to address the issue; 

- Consider whether current administrative procedures to manage such incidents are adequate;

- Recommend further measures to improve the management and reduce the risk of such incidents in future, which can compromise participation of national aquatics athletes at major games and competitions

The COI will have to submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the SSA's president and executive committee. It is due to convene later this month, and its report is due a month after.

Said SSA President Lee Kok Choy: "It is important for us to get to the root of the issue, and quickly. We need to discover where our gaps were, and to ensure that there is no repeat of such an incident in future."