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BOWLING: REMY ONG QUITS AS SINGAPORE HEAD COACH, STARTS OWN FIRM

Being a former bowler, Remy Ong was a coach whom the national keglers could trust during major competitions, and was key in guiding Shayna Ng (above) and the national women's team to a team gold over the world-class South Koreans at last year's Incheon Asian Games. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

In a shock to Singapore bowling, former world champion Remy Ong
has stepped down as head coach of the national team.

The 36-year-old left the post with immediate effect on Saturday – just a month before the World Tenpin Bowling Championships begins in Abu Dhabi. However, he had the blessings of Singapore Bowling Federation president Jessie Phua, who allowed him to leave to pursue a business venture.

In another surprise, Ong told The Straits Times that – after a nearly three-year absence – he will return as a professional bowler, starting with the Qatar Open at the end of this month.

The former Asia No. 1 was a no-nonsense coach, known for dishing out 15-minute wall-sits if national players failed to follow instructions during training.

However, Ong denied that his departure had anything to do with talk of players’ unhappiness over his methods.