Football: Lawyer Desmond Ong named new chairman of Tampines Rovers

With over 20 years of legal experience, Desmond Ong has been consistently named as a leading individual in the Asia Pacific Legal 500, in both the dispute resolution and corporate categories.
With over 20 years of legal experience, Desmond Ong has been consistently named as a leading individual in the Asia Pacific Legal 500, in both the dispute resolution and corporate categories.PHOTO: THE BUSINESS TIMES

SINGAPORE - The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on Thursday (Sept 7) confirmed that Desmond Ong has been appointed the new chairman of Tampines Rovers Football Club (TRFC).

He replaces lawyer Krishna Ramachandra, who stepped down over two months ago.

According to an FAS statement, Ong, the managing partner of legal firm JLC Advisors LLP, took on the role on Aug 30.

With over 20 years of legal experience, Ong has been consistently named as a leading individual in the Asia Pacific Legal 500, in both the dispute resolution and corporate categories - one of the very few individuals to be cited in both sections.

Ong said: "I am humbled to be appointed the new chairman of TRFC by advisor Desmond Choo. Tampines is one of Singapore football's giants, and it is a heavy responsibility.

"I will work hand in hand with Mr Choo, the other members of the TRFC Committee and the FAS to ensure that the Club strives for football excellence as well as increased community participation."

Mr Choo, a Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC, said: "I... am pleased to welcome Desmond as the new TRFC Chairman. He is a highly qualified professional and is passionate about football, and I am confident that he will be able to lead Tampines Rovers very well."

FAS vice-president Edwin Tong added: "The FAS is happy that the new chairman of TRFC has been appointed. It is a demanding but rewarding responsibility, and an exciting time for Desmond to be involved as well, with the club's recent return to Our Tampines Hub. We look forward to a fruitful relationship with him and the club."

Supporting Ong will be vice-chairman Lee Lung Nien, honorary secretary Nicholas Hunter, honorary treasurer Ian Lau, and two committee members Nicholas Narayan and Leong Wing Kong.