Singapore’s National cyclist Vincent Ang has been suspended from representing Singapore for three months, for assaulting a fellow national rider.
Vincent Ang, a SEA Games bronze medallist, had admitted punching and slapping teammate Ang Kee Meng last month on a training ride along Lim Chu Kang Road, and later the same day at Adam Road Food Centre while they were on a break.
The assault followed a disagreement between the duo. Ang Kee Meng, 29, later made a police report, and the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) investigated.
Yesterday, the SCF said in a statement that its dispute and disciplinary committee had met Vincent Ang, 38, and classified the case as one of misconduct. While there were mitigating factors, “a higher level of decorum” was expected from national athletes, it added.
Vincent Ang had alleged that his younger counterpart had previously made disparaging comments about him and his wife. With the suspension, he will not be able to represent Singapore for three months starting from Aug 4.
The SCF said: “Separately, Vincent has agreed to commit to 30 hours of community service which would benefit young cycling enthusiasts… and undergo counselling to help him better manage his emotions.”
Vincent Ang is currently training in Thailand and could not be contacted for comment. But in his mitigation plea to the SCF, he said he was “very sorry for using force on Kee Meng”, and was “prepared to apologise to Kee Meng in person”.
This is not Vincent Ang’s first instance of road violence. In 2012, when he was part of the OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling team, he had lashed out at a rider. This was not reported to the police, but he wrote a formal apology letter, seen by The Straits Times. The cyclist would still be able to race with his Thai team, Team Infinite Singha.
Yesterday, Ang Kee Meng told The Straits Times the punishment was too lenient. “There are no races for him to represent Singapore in; I don’t think this is a punishment.”
SCF general manager Mahipal Singh said “we have no control over his club activity” but added that Vincent Ang would not be able to join OCBC Cycle Singapore next month in national colours.
Singh said the suspension might affect Vincent Ang’s future “carding” or qualification for support and financial aid from the Sport Singapore statutory board.
Source: Asiaone News