Singapore Athletics came under fire at the post-mortem of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila.
In the post-mortem of Team Singapore’s performance on Wednesday 11 December, Richard Gordon, Head of High Performance and Athlete Life at the Singapore Sport Institute (SSI), told CNA, “Swimming and athletics form the two core sports in the programme.
“For Singapore to remain competition in the overall medal tally, we need to put ourselves in a position to be competitive in the athletics programme where there are at least 40 gold medals up for grabs.”
The track and field team won three bronze medals in the women’s 100m, 200m through Shanti Pereira and 100m hurdles through Nur Izlyn Zaini.
This return is down from two golds, two silvers and four bronzes from the 2017 Games.
Soh Rui Yong and Michelle Sng were Singapore’s gold medalists from the 2017 SEA Games.
Gordon said: “Singapore Athletics and the fraternity have a role to play in ceasing the infighting to focus on the athletes. If this culture persists, progress is challenging.”
Margaret Oh, Pereira’s coach, had also quit as coach suddenly during the Games.
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