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Tang Weng Fei re-elected as Singapore Athletics Association president

He received 13 votes, beating opponent Sng Sze Hiang, a former national sprinter who got eight votes.

SINGAPORE: Mr Tang Weng Fei has retained his post as president of the Singapore Athletics Association (SAA) in an election held on Monday (June 23).

In a straight fight for the position, the incumbent president received 13 votes. His opponent, former national sprinter Mr Sng Sze Hiang, garnered eight votes.

21 affiliate clubs cast their votes to appoint the next management committee of the association for the next two years, at the Association's Annual General Meeting.

The Association has been troubled by infighting in the lead-up to the elections. The battle for the top posts saw Mr Tang's former allies switching camps.

Mr Tang said he recognised the talent in the other team, and hopes there can be a good match of all capable people to bring the sport of track and field forward.

 "We should spend time on how to develop the athletes, the coaches, to try and reach their dreams. I will try again for the next 24 months whether we can handle this infighting," he said.

"I think the problem is within the secretariat itself. I will have some discussion with SportsSG to see how we can do something to improve on the secretariat."

Monday's election also saw two incumbent vice-presidents running under Mr Sng's banner, with only one returning for another term. Mr Loh Chan Pew, the incumbent vice-president for competitions organising, beat challenger Mr William Wong (of Tang's team). Mr Low secured 14 votes, against Wong's seven.

However, Mr Steven Lee, the incumbent vice-president of training and selection, lost his position to sporting legend C Kunalan of Mr Tang's team. Lee got seven votes, half of Kunalan's 14.

Both Mr Lee and Mr Loh were earlier suspended from their positions in February, for infringing on the Association's rules. But they were later reinstated by an independent appeals panel.

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