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Team Singapore's performance on the running tracks at the recent Myanmar SEA Games could have been even better -- such is the assessment of Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) President Tang Weng Fei on the squad's haul of two gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
SINGAPORE: Team Singapore's performance on the running tracks at the recent Myanmar SEA Games could have been even better -- such is the assessment of Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) President Tang Weng Fei on the squad's haul of two gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
And in preparation for the 2015 SEA Games that Singapore will host, a new task force will be set up to take Singapore athletes' performance up an extra notch.
One major disappointment during the Myanmar SEA Games was the men's 4x100-metre relay team losing out on gold to Thailand.
SAA President Tang feels the sprinters were capable of doing better, except for sprinter Gary Yeo's injury.
Holding much promise for the 2015 SEA Games though, is 17-year-old Shanti Pereira, who broke her personal best in the 200-metre race in Myanmar.
Moving forward, the association also wants to bank on the longer distance races for medals.
Mr Tang said: "We have to spend more efforts on the middle and long distance. You can see from the result by Mok Ying Ren, that if you put effort to it, you can actually win a marathon gold."
Soh Rui Yong, currently training in Oregon, is one runner being lined up for the 10,000-metre race in 2015.
And thus, the task force will be set-up to look into what needs to be done to meet those higher expectations.
Mr Tang said: “We are going to have an exco meeting this coming Saturday actually, and we are going to immediately re-structure the training, selection, high performance side of SAA."
The task force will also cover areas like officiating and event planning.
Mr Tang admits the target of six to seven gold medals for 2015 will be tough. But he is hopeful that with big changes ahead, SAA can try to hit that target as close as possible.
A few other changes are expected as the association gears up for the next SEA Games -- among them being the hiring of new coaches.
By the third quarter of 2014, the association will also finally leave its current premises at the Singapore Sports School to a permanent home at the Sports Hub.