SINGAPORE Feb 15 The Singapore Sailing
Federation (SSF) are on the hunt for a "rock star" athlete to
achieve Olympic glory and build the sport after appointing a new
chief executive officer on Tuesday.
The SSF appointed former Olympic sailor Tan Wearn Haw as
part of their plan to achieve a first Olympic gold medal for the
city-state but they are fully aware that finding a role model to
attract local interest is still key.
"For sailing to do well, we need public interest," said SSF
honorary advisor Peter Lim. "To create public interest, we need
an Olympic medal. To get an Olympic medal, we need a rock star."
Tan, who competed in the Sydney Games in 2000, was based in
Spain for two years in 2007 competing in sailing's most
prestigious event, the America's Cup.
He said he plans to create a buzz around the sport and
promote a sailing culture in Singapore and is negotiating to
bring in high profile events such as the World Match Racing
"Everyone wants to come to Singapore to sail," Tan said.
"With money flowing into Singapore and Singapore being a hip
place to live, the setting is right."
The SSF said it hopes Tan's experience will provide an added
leadership dimension for the federation, who also recently
appointed former Ukrainian Olympic gold medallists Evgeny
Braslavets and Igor Mativienko as advisors.
(Reporting by Tan Jinhe; Edited by Patrick Johnston; To query
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