He's given his life to sport

Tan Eng Liang steps down as SNOC V-P after 28 years, leaves mark in every aspect

Dr Tan Eng Liang in front of the Singapore Art Museum in 2009. He wants more young sports leaders to step up and stay the course. ST FILE PHOTO
Dr Tan Eng Liang in front of the Singapore Art Museum in 2009. He wants more young sports leaders to step up and stay the course.ST FILE PHOTO

Ten days before he was set to depart for the 2008 Beijing Olympics as Singapore's chef de mission (CDM), Dr Tan Eng Liang suffered a slipped disc after a fall at home.

Despite the excruciating pain, he soldiered on with a cocktail of painkillers and led a contingent that returned home with a silver medal, Singapore's first Olympic medal after a 48-year drought.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2020, with the headline 'He's given his life to sport'. Print Edition | Subscribe