No sex please, we’re representing Singapore!

March 5, 2009

Privacy, Sex / Gender


Singapore’s top male (Mok Ying Ren) and top female (Dinah Chan) have been banned from competition after being caught together in a hotel room at the Asian Beach Games.

Although the exact details of the incident have not been revealed, it is believed that “the duo had infringed the Triathlon Association of Singapore’s (TAS) code of conduct for athletes, which forbids male and female athletes from sharing a room and requires the door to be kept open when there is a visitor of the opposite gender.” There is however no suggestion that either athlete were caught in a compromising position at the time.

Other Singapore Governing Bodies support TAS’s decision, and suggest that athletes should behave appropriately when representing Singapore, even if they are dating or married.

This incident also raises a number of interesting questions, for example: is it therefore ok to be a gay athlete as presumably the door would not have had to have been left open? Should Western sports teams also adopt this approach – after all the behaviour of the English Football WAGs (Wives & Girlfriends) was widely seen to be a distraction to the footballers at Euro 2004 Tournament.

For those of you that haven’t seen it, the issue of sex before an important game was an important dramatic conceit in ‘Wimbledon’ (clip below)

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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