SINGAPORE - Two Singaporean sports officials had extra reason to celebrate over the festive period, after they were appointed into key roles at world governing bodies for their respective sports earlier in the week.
Jason Lim was named on the development committee of the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (Wako) while Koh Koon Teck was appointed chairman of the International Bowling Federation's (IBF) global coach education pathway.
Both are serving their roles on initial two-year terms.
For Kickboxing Federation of Singapore (KFS) president Lim, 48, his global appointment came on the back of a kickboxing programme he had started in 2017 for People with Parkinson's (PwPs) here to help them slow the onset of the nervous system disorder and achieve a better quality of life.
He is now part of a 10-strong Wako committee focused on utilising kickboxing to spearhead global developmental projects with social inclusion, through programmes such as the one Lim introduced here which has since reached over 100 PwPs.
The director of kickboxing fitness centre Active Red, said: "Wako took notice of what we did, and since they became a part of the Olympic movement (as a provisional member in 2018), there has been a move toward using the sport to reach out to the community, particularly the underprivileged."
WAKO President Roy Baker noted in a media statement: "(Lim) has done a tremendous amount of work and created socially-inclusive projects which touched many lives in different positive ways. This appointment is our affirmation towards his work and we strongly believe that his insights will be highly beneficial in our future projects within his areas of speciality."
KFS and Wako are working together to organise the first Asian Wako conference, which is tentatively scheduled to be hosted here in June with about 120 overseas delegates.
SINGAPORE — A new $100,000 fund will be launched to support athletes who represent Singapore in international competitions, but do not currently receive campaign funding.
Made possible through the E. W. Barker Endowment, Temasek Foundation will contribute $100,000 annually towards the “Temasek Foundation Inspire Fund for Athletes”.
This fund will be jointly administered by SportSG and National Youth Sports (NYSI), which will initiate a twice-yearly Grant Call for applications by athletes who have qualified for international competitions, and who wish to receive campaign funding for their competitions. A panel will decide on the recipients of the grant.
Kickboxing Federation of Singapore (KFS) recognised as National Sports Association (NSA) by Sport Singapore
Sport Singapore officially granted the status to Kickboxing Federation of Singapore after years of hard work
A great accumulation of hard work, building up the sport since 2018 by Singapore Kickboxing pioneer and President of Kickboxing Federation of Singapore (KFS), Mr Jason Lim.
Kickboxing is a modern contact fighting sport created on the basis of many traditional martial arts and is currently seeing an increased popularity globally.
Since WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations) was granted provisional status by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) on 30 November 2018, KFS has taken significant steps to spearhead more Kickboxing activities in Singapore.
KFS has organised the Singapore Kickboxing Championships 2019 and sent athletes to the WAKO World Kickboxing Championships 2019. The team has set their sights on giving back more to the community and creating more avenues for competition in 2020 and beyond.
Mr Jason Lim shares, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sport Singapore and SNOC (Singapore National Olympic Council) for this monumental achievement. Their advice and support have been extremely invaluable in building our Federation to what it is today.”
“We’re engaging the community at various levels. Youth, adults, seniors and even the special population. Kickboxing truly is a sport that does not discriminate but empowers all.”
Official recognition letter from Mr Todd Vladich, Director (National Sports Association Capability Development) at Sport Singapore
Article by: Khoo Bee Khim
Nazri Sutari takes nicknames in his stride. “Back in school, my friends used to call me Bats,” laughed the 29-year-old. And no, he wasn’t named after Batman. That moniker came from the Malay word “babat” used colloquially to mean fat.
The national kickboxing champion is so used to nicknames that he's even adopted one for competitions: Pork Chop.
“It came from a muay thai orientation camp in polytechnic,” he said. “We were in the lecture hall when my teammate from across the hall randomly shouted, ‘eh, pork chop!’ I was the only one who turned around and because I responded, the name stuck. I kinda like it since I am always the fat kid.”
When fat people get bullied, they can either get angry, or succumb and suck it up. I decided to get ‘angry’ and use the fire in me to prove that I can do what the others could.