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SNOC appoints two Chefs de Mission for 2015 SEA Games

Chefs de Mission

Newly appointed Chefs de Mission for the 2015 SEA Games, Mr Nicholas Fang (left) and Dr Tan Eng Liang (right). Photo: Singapore National Olympic Council

Singapore, 6 May 2014 – The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) has announced the appointment of Dr Tan Eng Liang, 76, and Mr Nicholas Fang, 38, as Chefs de Mission for the 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games for Team Singapore.

This is the first time the SNOC has selected two persons for the role of the Chef de Mission. As host of the 28th edition of the SEA Games, the SNOC is expecting a large Team Singapore contingent. With an unusually large contingent, the pair will share duties and responsibilities to ensure adequate support for the team. They will be working closely together to create a conducive environment for the team leading up to the SEA Games and during the event.

Dr Tan, an Olympian and veteran sports administrator, is no stranger in this role. He led Team Singapore to win a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and was recently the Chef de Mission for the 2011 SEA Games. The former Chairman of the Singapore Sports Council (now Sport Singapore) is keen to mentor young leaders and encourage them to contribute their skills and energy to sports.

“The expectations for Singapore as hosts of the 28th edition of the SEA Games are building up, many would also be expecting our athletes to put on a good performance at the Games. I am very happy to lead the Singapore contingent with Nicholas Fang, a very enthusiastic and approachable young leader, who will be a great asset to the team,” said Dr Tan.

Making his debut in this role is former national fencer and triathlete, Nicholas Fang. Being a double SEA Games bronze medallist is one of many feathers in his cap, he is also the President of the Singapore Modern Pentathlon Association and immediate past President of Fencing Singapore, and is currently serving his second term on the Executive Committee of the SNOC. He boasts a successful career in media and journalism, and is eager to work with the team to deliver an inspiring performance in Singapore.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for me to share the Chef de Mission role with Dr Tan Eng Liang. His experience in sports speaks volumes and to be able to share the responsibilities with him is a privilege. I look forward to working with the athletes and officials representing Singapore at the 2015 SEA Games,” said Fang.

The 2015 SEA Games will be held from 5 to 16 June 2015.

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Enclosures
Annex A – Dr Tan Eng Liang’s profile
Annex B – Mr Nicholas Fang’s profile

Media contact
Shu Fen Ho
Tel: 65 9793 8443
Email: media@snoc.org.sg

About Singapore National Olympic Council
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is the national nonprofit organisation that coordinates the selection of Singaporean athletes for competition at the major games such as the Olympic Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Southeast Asian Games. Singapore’s involvement in the Games is resolutely anchored in the Olympic ideals that were first espoused by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in 1894. For more information, please visit www.snoc.org.sg

ANNEX A – DR TAN ENG LIANG’S PROFILE

Dr Tan Eng Liang is the Vice-President of the Singapore National Olympic Council and a steering committee member of the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC), as well as the Chairman of its Advisory Committee for National Olympic Committees and Sports for the 2015 SEA Games. He played similar roles as a member of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) 2008 and the Chairman of its Advisory Committee for Sports. He is the President of the Olympians Singapore, the alumni of Olympians in Singapore.

He was the first Rhodes Scholar for the region of Singapore, Malaya and Brunei, and gained his Doctorate in Chemistry from Oxford University, England in 1964.

He has held several leading corporate and government positions. He was a Member of Parliament from 1972 to 1980, during which he served as Senior Minister of State for National Development from 1975 to 1978 and Senior Minister of State for Finance from 1978 to 1979. Other key positions held included Chairmanship of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Singapore Quality and Reliability Association and the Singapore Sports Council. In particular, he has made pioneering contributions in developing sports in Singapore. He was the Chairman for Singapore Sports Council for 16 years from 1975 to 1991 and still contributes as the Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

He has also won numerous awards and national honours, including the Public Service Star (BMM) in 1971, Public Service Star (BAR) in 1985 and the Meritorious Service Medal by the Singapore Government as recognition for his services to the country. In 1995, the IOC “Olympic Movement Unity” Trophy was presented to Dr Tan for his invaluable services to Olympism.

As a former national water polo player, Dr Tan had represented Singapore at several major competitions including the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games, 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, SEAP/SEA Games in 1965 and 1967. Having direct experience as an Olympian and in sports management, he understands Olympic ideals, legacy and heritage.

He is a veteran Chef-de-Mission having led Singapore contingents at numerous major games, such as the Olympic, Asian, Commonwealth and SEA Games.

ANNEX B – NICHOLAS FANG’S PROFILE

Nicholas Fang is a Singapore Press Holdings scholar with a Master’s Degree (PPE) from Oxford University. He worked at The Straits Times for nine years, rising to the post of Senior Correspondent and covered business and sports as well as writing columns on lifestyle and features on social trends. He later moved to Channel NewsAsia at MediaCorp Singapore as a business desk editor and presenter, taking over anchoring of major news bulletins, including Budget specials.

Cross-trained in television and new media, the former national triathlete and fencer worked as executive director of a defence material agency, and also as executive director of Singapore’s oldest political think tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.
Pursuing his passion to drive the growth of the sports sector in Singapore, Fang founded Black Dot sports consultancy in 2012 to help clients maximise the commercial opportunities of their sports properties.

Fang was appointed as Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore in 2012 with a portfolio which focuses on international affairs, sports, defense and environment.

He is currently an associate editor at Channel NewsAsia in 2013 overseeing coverage of Singapore news.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Associate Editor, Singapore Desk, Channel NewsAsia (2013-present)
  • Executive Director, Black Dot Pte Ltd (2012-present)
  • Executive Director, Prodel Impex Agencies Pte Ltd (2010-2013)
  • Executive Director, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (2010-present)
  • Presenter, Voices Today, Channel 5, MediaCorp Singapore (2013-2013)
  • Business Editor, Channel NewsAsia, MediaCorp Singapore (2008-2010)>
  • Senior Correspondent, Money Desk, The Straits Times (2007-2008)
  • Senior Correspondent, Sports Desk, The Straits Times (2006-2007)
  • Columnist/Feature Writer, The Straits Times (2005-2006)
  • Transport Correspondent, The Straits Times, Money Desk (2001-2005)
  • Property Reporter, The Straits Times Money Desk (1999-2001)

SPORTS EXPERIENCE

  • Singapore National Triathlon Team (1997-1999)
  • Asian Triathlon Championship (Team Singapore 1998)
  • Singapore National Fencing Team (1997-present, ranked No 1, 2001, 2002, 2005 – 2007)
  • Fencing World Championships (Team Singapore 1998, 2002, 2005)
  • Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Team Singapore 1998, 2002)
  • South East Asian Games (Bronze Medal, Men’s Epee Team 2005, 2007)
  • Singapore Fencing Nationals (4 time Individual Champion, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004)
  • President, Fencing Singapore (2009-2013)
  • Vice-president, Singapore Skiing and Snowboarding Federation (2010-2013)
  • President, Singapore Modern Pentathlon Association (2009-present)
  • Member, Singapore National Olympic Council (2012-present)

EDUCATION

  • 1996-1999 BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford University, MA (Oxon)
  • 1992-1993 GCE A Levels, Raffles Junior College
  • 1988-1991 GCE O Levels, St Joseph’s Institution

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