Gambardella to bow out after Olympics

Singapore Sports Institute chief Bob Gambardella at a post-SEA Games media conference last year.
Singapore Sports Institute chief Bob Gambardella at a post-SEA Games media conference last year.PHOTO: SINGSOC

Sport SG CEO Lim pays tribute to SSI chief for his efforts in supporting S'pore's athletes

Bob Gambardella, chief of the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI), will step down after the Rio Olympics in August, after seven years at the helm.

The news was confirmed by local sports' governing body Sport Singapore (Sport SG) yesterday.

In response to The Straits Times' queries, Sport SG chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin confirmed Gambardella's departure and thanked the American for his contributions to the local sporting scene.

Lim said: "Sport SG is appreciative of his efforts in helping to establish the SSI and its programmes that support Team Singapore athletes and our National Sports Associations.

"Singapore's showing at last year's SEA Games and Asean Para Games is (testament to) the partnerships he has helped to forge.

"Bob's departure is part of planned succession at the SSI and we are pleased that he is able to see the Olympics through so that there would be no disruptions to the support for athlete preparations for the Games."

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Bob's departure is part of planned succession at the SSI and we are pleased that he is able to see the Olympics through so that there would be no disruptions to the support for athlete preparations for the Games.

LIM TECK YIN, Sport SG CEO, confirming Gambardella's departure.

At last year's SEA Games and Asean Para Games, both of which were held here, Team Singapore won a record number of gold medals - 84 and 24 respectively.

In the same statement, Gambardella, a former United States Olympic Committee director (sports partnership division), said he had wanted to step down last year but was persuaded to stay on to see out this year's Olympics.

Besides watching Team Singapore enjoy international success, Gambardella, who joined the then-Singapore Sports Council in July 2009 as chief (sports development and SSI), cited SSI's efforts to grow corporate support for national athletes through the Sports Excellence Business Network as one of the highlights of his tenure.

His stint also coincided with the high-profile capture of national swimming coach Sergio Lopez, the man who oversaw Singapore swim star Joseph Schooling's rise at the Bolles School in Florida.

"It has been an eventful seven years that I have been with Sport Singapore," said Gambardella, who is expected to return to the United States.

"I wish Singapore the very best in its sporting endeavours."

Lim said Gambardella's successor would be revealed in due course.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'Gambardella to bow out after Olympics'. Print Edition | Subscribe