Kunalan set for new SAA role

Kunalan set for new SAA role

Date
Saturday, 08 December 2012

Media Type
TODAY (Online)

SINGAPORE - Another familiar face will be joining the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA), which is targeting a top-three finish when the SEA Games is hosted here in 2015. 

TODAY has learnt that Singapore sprint legend Canagasabai Kunalan will fill the post of chief of sports development and performance previously held by former national thrower James Wong.

This comes hot on the heels of Wong's appointment as the SAA's General Manager on Dec 1 after a five-month search for a replacement for Ong Yeok Phee, who left the national sports association in June. 

The SAA is expected to confirm Kunalan's appointment at a management committee meeting next week, and is on the hunt for a chief/manager of events and marketing, and sports development and performance executive. 

Currently the SAA's vice-president for training and selection, Kunalan, 70, is regarded as one of Singapore's most successful track and field athletes with one silver and four bronze medals from the Asian Games, and a total of 15 medals (four gold, eight silver, three bronze) at the SEA Games from 1969 to 1977. 

After retiring in 1979, Kunalan spent 30 years as a lecturer at the National Institute of Education (NIE) before joining the Singapore Sports Council as a senior manager (sports alumni) in August 2010.

A two-time Olympian who went to the 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico Games, Kunalan will soon be tackling a different challenge as he prepares to step down from his voluntary role. 

"There is important work to be done and we have to work to deliver our goal for 2015. We will need committed athletes and committed parents, which will be a good starting point and we hope we can bring in results," he said. LOW LIN FHOONG

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