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Olympic council asks Singapore Table Tennis Association to explain paddler's selection

Published on Mar 24, 2013 8:49 AM
Singapore paddlers Isabelle Li and Clarence Chew (in purple) in action during the Asian Youth Games in 2009. Together with Chau Hai Qing and Tay Jit Kiat, the quartet won a mixed team bronze to add to the nation's 30-medal haul. -- LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

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.

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Background story

STTA says

"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."


STTA chief executive officer

SNOC says

"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."


SNOC secretary-general