Badminton: Lawrence Leow, 59, elected unopposed as SBA president


Lawrence Leow is no stranger to the badminton community, having previously been the SBA's deputy president from 2014 to 2016.
Lawrence Leow is no stranger to the badminton community, having previously been the SBA's deputy president from 2014 to 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) appointed a new president at its annual general meeting on Saturday (June 9), with Lawrence Leow elected unopposed.

He takes over from predecessor Tan Kian Chew, who decided not to stand again after his two-year term.

Leow, 59, is a former Nominated Member of Parliament and the chairman and chief executive officer of the Crescendas Group. He also chairs the Singapore Business Federation's Small and Medium Enterprises committee and is vice-chairman of its Asean Business Group.

He is no stranger to the badminton community, having previously been the SBA's deputy president from 2014 to 2016.

Vice-president Robert Lim and honorary treasurer Victor Foo were also elected unopposed, taking over from Eugene Ang and Nigel Phang respectively.

Phang was elected as a member of the management committee, together with Michael Yom, Lisa Sam, Victor Sim, Grace Cheah and former national shuttlers Abdul Hamid Khan, Wong Shoon Keat and Lau Wing Cheok.

One of these eight individuals will be the association's secretary general, after Michael Foo stepped down having served the maximum of four two-year terms. A deputy president will also be chosen, after Luke Lim decided not to stand for re-election.

The voting was done by 46 people from 24 clubs.

Said Leow: "If I can contribute, I should come forward. The organisation needs a team of people and I'm seeing a very strong team coming forward. I'm very glad and honoured to be able to do something for SBA.

"A number of (the MC members) are ex-national players, so I believe the emphasis really needs to be more focused on the players and player-centric policies will be adopted... We want to do more for the players."