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Tan Chuan-Jin elected new SNOC president

The Manpower Minister takes over as Singapore National Olympic Council chief after Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean stepped down from the post after 16 years in charge.

SINGAPORE: Singapore sport is in a good state, with several emerging sports and the completion of the Singapore Sports Hub. This was the assessment of Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin after he was elected the new president of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC). 

He ran unopposed for the post during the SNOC's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday evening (June 30). Mr Tan takes over from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who has helmed the sports body for 16 years.

Mr Tan said his first order of business in his four-year term will be to get to know and understand the National Sports Associations (NSAs) better. Moving forward, he said it is important that these NSAs continue to groom talent that do well. He cited the recent SEA Games in Myanmar, where Singapore celebrated several unexpected victories. Mr Tan said conditions must be set to ensure the trend continues, at next year's SEA Games and beyond.

"This is where I think, we need to work very closely with the NSAs, we need to work very closely with Sport Singapore, to plan ahead," said Mr Tan. "While we look forward to the SEA Games, I think we also need to look beyond that, to lay in place the foundations for the following Games, to put in place the plans, because I think without plans, nothing is going to happen."

In his thank-you speech to sports stakeholders, DPM Teo said it is time for the SNOC to have new leadership. "The fact that we are hosting the SEA Games next year, provides a platform and opportunity for the new leadership in SNOC to work with you to realise our vision and dreams," he said.

Four vice-presidents were also appointed at the AGM. Incumbents Dr Tan Eng Liang, Low Teo Ping and Annabel Pennefather were re-elected unopposed. Meanwhile, Singapore bowling chief Jessie Phua replaced International Olympic Council member Ng Ser Miang, who did not stand for re-election as vice-president.

Three NSA representatives were also elected following voting. They are: Nicholas Fang (Modern Pentathlon), Dr Melanie Chew (Equestrian), and Milan Kwee (Taekwondo). Newcomer Edwin Lee took over the post of Treasurer from Kua Hong Pak.

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