SINGAPORE: Kallang Alive Sport Management (KASM) has appointed seven new members to its board of directors. They will serve a two-year term as non-executive independent directors from Oct 1, 2023, to Sept 30, 2025.

Among the seven new non-executive directors are Lam Chee Weng, the CEO of Singapore Pools; Jonathan Ng, an executive director of Far East Organisation and a director of Yeo Hiap Seng; and Derek Lau, CEO of Heliconia Capital Management and formerly a managing director of investment at Temasek Holdings.

The trio will be joined by Professor Chong Yap Seng, a senior consultant of obstetrics and gynaecology at the National University Hospital; Nicholas Chua, CEO of Ho Bee Land Limited; Goh Shufen, co-founder and principal of R3; and Kuok Meng Ru CEO and founder of Caldecott Music Group.

The seven new non-executive directors will join the existing members of the board: Keith Magnus, the KASM chairman; Alan Goh, CEO of Sport Singapore; Dr Lee Tung Jee, Deputy Secretary from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth; and Quek Swee Kuan, CEO of KASM.

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The appointment of the new members was welcomed by Magnus, who believes their diverse professional experience and corporate background will add value to the management and further enhance the Singapore Sports Hub for the benefit of the wider community.

“Our goal is to transform this place into a single integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub where Singapore and the world come to play,” he said.

KASM was established by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Sport Singapore after the government takeover of the Singapore Hub from the previous management, SportsHub Pte Ltd, on Dec 9 2022.

The Singapore Sports Hub has hosted world-class events from international sports tournaments, such as the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens, Singapore Festival of Football, and the recently concluded FIBA Intercontinental Cup Singapore 2023, to performances by award-winning artistes like Black Pink, Backstreet Boys, Jacky Cheung and JJ Lin.

During the the FIBA Intercontinental Cup tournament at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last month,  Yazed Osman, KASM group head, events and placemaking, told The Independent Singapore: “We are always committed to our objectives and we are trying to open up lots of opportunities to the community, whether (or not) it is a world-class event. The main thing for us is how do we then open up a lot more access into the Sports Hub. This year alone we already have 43 schools finals, and three of them are all the basketball finals, the A, B and C division National School Games hosted at the Sports Hub.”

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Earlier this year, the Singapore Sports Hub also opened its venues to schools and hosted over 100 National School Games. Other than international sporting events and concerts, it has also organised impactful community activities such as the Harmony Sports Fiesta and Majulah Fiesta in line with its vision to foster greater engagement within the community.