SINGAPORE - Tang Chang Poh has resigned as Archery Association of Singapore (AAS) president during the national sports association's (NSA) committee meeting on Friday night (June 8), citing poor health.
This is despite the fact that the NSA is due for its annual general meeting - where it will elect its leaders - on June 24.
When contacted, the 68-year-old said told The Straits Times: "I am old already, so I must make way for younger people. I have been serving for 28 years and it is time for me to focus on my family and my health.
"I have been suffering from diabetes for more than 40 years now and, two years ago, my doctors advised me not to continue (with my post), but I couldn't let go because the rest of the committee were not ready, but now they are."
Asked why he chose to step down when the AGM is in sight, Tang would only say: "I have my reasons."
A source told ST that other than poor health, tensions within the fratnerity, as well as external parties, also contributed to Tang's early exit.
Tang led the association from 1998 to 2010, and was elected again in February 2014 when he beat Ong Zhong Da at an extraordinary general meeting, which was called after then-president Chong Foo Siong's team were disbanded following a no-confidence vote.
The sport won medals at the 2013, 2015 and 2017 SEA Games, with its haul of a gold and a silver in Myanmar in 2013 representing its best performance at the regional level in three decades.
Tang revealed that current committee member Edelin Wong is likely to run for president at the AGM. Wong could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Asked if Ong - currently the AAS honorary secretary -will run for the top job again, he said: "I will not be running for presidency, and would be stepping down from my current role to focus on my new job, as well as the development of my students at my club.
"But I want to stress that the outgoing exco has pledged to stay and help the new committee, and we will do whatever we can to support the new team."