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WT suspends Singapore Taekwondo Federation

WT suspends Singapore Taekwondo Federation

World Taekwondo (WT) and the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) have both suspended the Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) as an affiliate of them with immediate effect.

The scoop, revealed by The Straits Times yesterday, also adds that the SNOC will now form a committee in conjunction with Sport Singapore (SportSG) in order to oversee the preparations of athletes for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games, which will take place in Bulacan, Philippines from November 30 to December 10 of the current year.

Preparations for the SEA Games include the selection and training of the best Singaporean Taekwondo fighters.

WT and STF pressure

According to Strait Times, the WT contacted the STF a week ago to deliver a clear message to the Singaporean Taekwondo governing body, one of its affiliates since 1975: The STF was going to be suspended in 7 days unless its management had resigned from their duties previously.

The SNOC priority is to restore proper, fair and transparent systems in the governance and high performance management of Singapore taekwondo. “We hope the entire taekwondo fraternity will work together with the SNOC and SportSG in moving the sport forward.”

Athletes support the decision

During an interview with Mothership website, Ng Ming Wei, the best Taekwondo athlete in the country, said the suspension as “a huge step in the right direction for taekwondo in Singapore”.

The 2015 SEA Games bronze medalist welcomed the statement as “a positive confirmation by World Taekwondo and SNOC that they are taking definitive action on these grave concerns”.

“I hope that this suspension will be followed up upon with further positive action designed specifically with the welfare and development of the players in mind,” Ng added.

WTM

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