Sports chiefs face the axe

Posted on 02 April 2012

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.

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