Olympic council asks Singapore Table Tennis Association to explain paddler's selection
The Singapore Table Tennis Association's choice of paddlers for this year's Asian Youth Games (AYG) has met with doubt from the national body in charge of selecting athletes for multi-sport events.
The Sunday Times understands that the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) has sent an official query to the STTA, asking the association to clarify its nomination process for the Aug 16-24 Nanjing event.
In the query, it was noted that while the STTA had put 16-year-olds Edric Lim and Yee Herng Hwee up for the Games, there were other age-eligible local paddlers ranked higher on the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)'s Under-18 rankings.
Edric is ranked 332nd and Herng Hwee is the world No.154.
"According to the STTA's selection policy, we will nominate players from the YOG training team based on the results in overseas competitions over the past 12 months... Edric and Herng Hwee have the most points. This is in line with the SNOC's selection criteria, where they will only consider results over the past 12 months."
WONG HUI LENG,
STTA chief executive officer
"The AYG is straightforward, and not like the Youth Olympics, where you have to go through qualifying tournaments. Simply call a trial, let everybody play each other, and the winner represents Singapore."