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Sports chiefs face the axe

Sports chiefs face the axe

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The funniest Singapore news on April Fools’ Day that is real!

Some Singapore Sports Council guys with a guy in white.

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter if you’re capable, smart, sexy or motivated.

Because over the next two years, approximately 100 office bearers at national sports associations (NSAs), including 24 heads of various federations will be forced to step down against their will.

Why? Well, due to an unpopular Singapore Sports Council (SSC) rule that gives people in office a total of eight years maximum to run the show.

This harebrained scheme was implemented in 2004 and is now taking effect.

Then, the SSC decided that NSA presidents and management committee members had to be renewed regularly so that there was no establishment of dictatorships. (This point is funny because Singapore’s prime ministry is often held longer than eight years at a time, and no one moved to toss the prime minister out. I mean, just saying.)

NSAs were forced to comply in 2004 because if they didn’t, annual government funding will vapourise, like how your savings account vapourise during periods of inflation, or if you’re living in Singapore.

Government funding is what essentially keeps sports in Singapore alive (which is a sad fact) and top-tier federations, such as bowling and shooting, do receive about $1.5 million annually.

If there is no funding, think about what would happen.

Bowlers cannot afford to roll a ball in such a way to prevent it from going into the gutter.

This would result in no triumphant trophy-wielding bowler who would then not be rich enough to buy a Porsche to run a dog over.

Shooters, on the other hand, will be hired killers to cull crows instead.

And this will anger the animal lovers who will come up with Communist sounding slogans to demand a stop to things.

But we digress.

Not that trying to prevent “one-man shows” is a farce.

There have been plenty of instances.

Athletics chief Loh Lin Kok was in charge for 23 years from 1981 to 2004.

Netball’s Ivy Singh Lim was head for 13 years from 1992 to 2005.

Paul Chua was grand master head No. 1 man king of the world chief of bodybuilding for 29 years from 1978 to 2007, a period of time so long, it is guaranteed his tits would have sagged.

Not that the sports chiefs are not going down with a fight.

They are hitting out at the rule and it is understood that Acting Minister for Community Development Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing is meeting NSA chiefs to discuss the issue.

This just means “something good” will come out of this and someone will claim credit for it.

Mmm… wonder who.

A good leader never discounts contrarian views: NUS head

A good leader never discounts contrarian views: NUS head

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Listening to minority views to shut down Tan Tock Seng Hospital during SARS crisis in 2003 now an internationally lauded decision.

When severe acute respiratory syndrome began spreading in Singapore in 2003, there were calls by a small group of people to shut down Tan Tock Seng hospital to all but those with the virus.

While this seemingly radical call to quarantine patients were largely ignored by others, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, then head of medical sciences at the Ministry of Health in 2003, decided to listen to this suggestion and implemented it.

The current president of the National University of Singapore, giving the third in an annual series of four leadership lectures yesterday at the Fullerton Hotel, said he had to make high-stakes decisions with incomplete information during that period of “crisis leadership”.

The result? On hindsight, the idea stemming from a minority and contrarian group to shut down one of Singapore’s public hospitals has become an internationally lauded decision to contain the spread of the virus.

Tan even received the Public Service Star award in 2003 for leading the public health response to the Sars crisis which started in February 2003, when an infected woman returned to Singapore from overseas and the virus infected 238 people, killing 33 before it was contained in May.

Tan also said seemingly useless pursuits such as art and travel gave him a multidimensionality that translated into important traits of self-knowledge, self-reliance, resourcefulness and resilience that allowed him to weigh different views, even those in the minority.

He said, “The value of things like art and travel should not be seen in utilitarian terms of how it helped your career – but whether it made your life richer, more interesting, and more enjoyable”

This lecture series is given by alumni of St. Joseph Institute who have made an impact locally. Previous two speakers included National Kidney Foundation chairman Gerard Ee and DBS bank chairman Peter Seah.