Athletics: SportSG suspends national hurdler Kerstin Ong's coach for breaching ethics code

Kerstin Ong had lodged a police report and filed a complaint with Sport Singapore in January 2018, accusing the coach of alleged misconduct two years ago.
Kerstin Ong had lodged a police report and filed a complaint with Sport Singapore in January 2018, accusing the coach of alleged misconduct two years ago.PHOTO: COURTESY OF XYZ PHOTOS

SINGAPORE - Sport Singapore (SportSG) has suspended a male athletics coach from the National Registry of Coaches (NROC) for two years for breaching the Coach's Code of Ethics, which was drawn up by the national sports agency.

The decision to suspend the coach came after a disciplinary panel convened by SportSG concluded its investigation of national hurdler Kerstin Ong's complaints of misconduct against him.

Ong, 21, had lodged a police report and filed a complaint with SportSG in January, accusing her former coach of alleged misconduct two years ago.

The coach was issued a stern warning by police in August over alleged outrage of modesty.

The Straits Times understands that the warning was issued in relation to three alleged offences.

SportSG then convened a disciplinary panel, and Ong and the coach were informed of the outcome on Tuesday (Oct 30). Any appeals from both parties must be submitted by Nov 29.

According to the NROC handbook, the suspension of a person's NROC membership means he or she "shall, for the duration of the suspension, cease to be entitled to any NROC membership related benefits including, but not limited to, the eligibility to apply for permission to conduct coaching activities within SportSG's facilities and premises, facilities managed by SportSG, or hold himself/herself out as a current NROC member, and all other NROC related membership benefits".

 

When contacted, the coach would only say he is considering his options.

ST has reached out to Ong and SportSG for comment.