The Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) was suspended in May 2019 by World Taekwondo
(WT) and Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and was placed under the management of
the Interim Management Committee (IMC) set up by SNOC and Sport Singapore (SportSG) for
the last 3 years and 8 months.
STF is happy to announce that SNOC has communicated that it is satisfied that STF has fulfilled
the key recommendations advocated by WT and SNOC to progress STF’s governance and highperformance
reforms. As such, SNOC has lifted the suspension of STF with effect from 26 January
In order that the work within STF continues to progress, SportSG will continue to monitor
and support STF in its reforms, until the STF Secretariat team has fully built up its resources and
WT has also communicated that they are fully in agreement with SNOC on the lifting of the
suspension and will take necessary measures in accordance with its Statutes to welcome STF back
to the family. This includes getting the approval and recommendation of the Member Relations
& Development Commission, after which the lifting of suspension will be tabled at the next WT
Council Meeting scheduled on May 28, 2023 for the ratification of the Council.
While awaiting WT’s final decision, STF would like to take this opportunity to thank all
stakeholders for their support and understanding during this period where the challenges were
exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lifting of the suspension was only possible through
the collective efforts of Board members, STF secretariat team, affiliate leaders, examiners, course
conductors, technical officials, referees, volunteers, athletes and practitioners, past and present.
STF would also like to thank Dr Tan Eng Liang, Chairman of IMC, members and secretariat of IMC,
SNOC and SportSG for their leadership, guidance and support over this period.
Moving forward, especially with the resumption of activities, Professor Tan Cheng Han, President
of STF, hopes that the fraternity will continue to support the board in its continuing efforts to
further raise the standards of governance of STF and sporting excellence of all practitioners.