Table tennis: STTA president Ellen Lee to run for a third term because of 'unfinished work'

Ms Ellen Lee, president of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), presents guest of honour Ms Tin Pei Ling, MP for MacPherson SMC, with her cariacature as a token of appreciation at the STTA's annual awards on March 15, 2018.
Ms Ellen Lee, president of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), presents guest of honour Ms Tin Pei Ling, MP for MacPherson SMC, with her cariacature as a token of appreciation at the STTA's annual awards on March 15, 2018.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Ellen Lee, the incumbent Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) president, has indicated her intention to contest for a third two-year term at the biennial general meeting later this year.

The former MP revealed this to The Straits Times (ST) at the sidelines of the national sports association's annual awards night at a restaurant in Hotel Miramar on Thursday (March 15) night.

"Yes, I will definitely be staying on... we have been planning way ahead, and we have to because there are details involved and people to speak to. This is not something that you can just wake up and do," the 60-year-old lawyer told ST.

"It is a long-term plan and there is still unfinished work. I want to be able to carry through all these work."

The 2018 elections will be the first time in at least 10 years that the top post is contested. ST reported in February that former youth paddler Toh Kian Lam, 51, is leading a team to challenge the current team.

Meanwhile, local-born players swept all the accolades at the eighth edition of the annual awards.

Pang Xuejie, 25, was named the Player of the Year after he won the men's doubles gold, and clinched silvers in the men's team and mixed doubles events at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Koen Pang, 15, received the Junior Player of the Year gong, while Zhou Jingyi, 12, was the recipient of the inaugural Hopes Player of the Year award.

Said Jingyi, a Secondary 1 student at the Singapore Sports School: "I am very excited and thankful at the same time for the STTA for giving me so many opportunities to go overseas and win competitions.

"I also want to thank the Sports School for nurturing me, as well as my coaches and parents."