Athletics: Disunity and distrust are main reasons behind sorry state of Singapore athletics

Ho Mun Cheong is all smiles following his election two years ago, when he beat lawyer Edmond Pereira 11-9 to be president following a second round of voting. His team also won 12 of the 14 posts contested.
Ho Mun Cheong is all smiles following his election two years ago, when he beat lawyer Edmond Pereira 11-9 to be president following a second round of voting. His team also won 12 of the 14 posts contested.ST FILE PHOTO THE NEW PAPER FILE PHOTO
Loh Lin Kok being garlanded upon his victory in the SAAA election in March 2000. He was president from 1981 till 2010, except for two years when Tang Weng Fei served one term.
Loh Lin Kok being garlanded upon his victory in the SAAA election in March 2000. He was president from 1981 till 2010, except for two years when Tang Weng Fei served one term.ST FILE PHOTO THE NEW PAPER FILE PHOTO

Disunity and distrust the main reasons behind decline in standards but election offers new hope for sport

Legal letters, leaked WhatsApp chats revealing plots against coaches, an attempt to purge the management committee of dissenting voices - the past two years have seen Singapore Athletics (SA) court negative headline after negative headline.

However, it is unfortunately par for the course when it comes to the national track and field body, say members of the local fraternity who spoke to The Sunday Times, as SA affiliates prepare to elect their new leaders for the next two years on Thursday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 07, 2018, with the headline 'The sorry state of Singapore athletics'. Print Edition | Subscribe