Sports Hub's Oon Jin Teik caught between a rock and a hard place

CEO's shock resignation highlights tensions between social objectives and profit motive

The Straits Times understands there was a disagreement between Sports Hub chief executive Oon Jin Teik (left) and the SportsHub Pte Ltd (SHPL) board on the direction of the Sports Hub.
The Straits Times understands there was a disagreement between Sports Hub chief executive Oon Jin Teik (left) and the SportsHub Pte Ltd (SHPL) board on the direction of the Sports Hub.ST FILE PHOTO

Envisioned as a leading example of a successful public-private partnership, the Singapore Sports Hub has been anything but in practice.

Mr Oon Jin Teik, who on Monday announced his shock resignation as Sports Hub chief executive after just a year in the role, became the latest to get caught up in the delicate balancing act between the public sector's social objectives and the private sector's profit motive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2019, with the headline 'Sports Hub's Oon caught between a rock and a hard place'. Subscribe