Athletics: Tang Weng Fei steps down as SA president

Singapore Athletics (SA) president Tang Weng Fei has decided to step down.
Singapore Athletics (SA) president Tang Weng Fei has decided to step down. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - After six years in his second stint at the helm, Singapore Athletics (SA) president Tang Weng Fei has decided to step down.

The 62-year-old announced his decision on Tuesday (June 14).

He said: "I am announcing my stepping down as president after six years and I am not seeking re-election in the coming AGM on June 27.

"I came in back again as the president in 2010 and I must say the last six years had been a rewarding journey for myself. When I came in in 2010, we started without funding and I'm glad to say that even with my stepping down, we still have healthy reserves within SAA."

The nominations for the SA elections close on June 20.

Tang, an oil trader, cited disagreements in the executive committee and a lack of cohesive team as reasons for relinquishing the top job.

He revealed: "We are good friends, I am not sure how it can end up like this.

"You cannot after... your ideas being endorsed during the voting session, you put it as a personal issue. That I think is the problem."

Last year, Tang contested for the treasurer position in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) elections. He finished second to Royal Spanish Athletics Federation president Jose Maria Odriozola, who garnered 102 votes compared to his 68.

But the Singaporean did not dismiss the possibility of running for a position in the IAAF in the future.

The ex-national hurdler had previously served the association as its vice-president (training and selection) in 2002 before becoming its president in 2004 for the first time before stepping down in 2006.