Team Singapore

SAA search for new coach

If all things go well, the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) will have a new national coach by the end of the year.

SAA president Tang Weng Fei confirmed yesterday that the national sports association is still in the process of recruiting a national trainer.

He said: "We are now in the process of talking to a few people, but I cannot give you more details."

Along with SAA's vice-president (training and selection) C Kunalan and the Singapore Sports Institute, SAA general manager Yazeen Buhari and development and performance chief Asmah Hanim are involved in the search.

When contacted, Asmah, 30, said: "We are currently looking at foreign coaches who specialise in the sprints, jumps or hurdles.

"We've identified a couple but are still in discussions as we want to find the right candidate... who is an expert in the field and able to work with our system and athletes. We hope to have a name by December this year."

The SAA has been searching for a national coach and a new head of high performance since the start of the year.

Vice-president (competitions organising) Loh Chan Pew had been the interim high performance head between March last year and this January, before Asmah was appointed in March this year.