Photo of Singapore Athletics (SA) technical director Volker Herrmann by Straits Times

Athletics dives deeper into the dump

Technical Director uses vulgarities on Singapore athletes. He also has a relationship with a female athlete, which many view as unethical.

Singapore’s national track and field Technical Director Volker Hermann may have signed his exit out of Singapore if an email of his antics at the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur in August last year is anything to go by.

In the team manager’s report which has been sent to The Online Citizen, Hermann is accused of shouting vulgarities at Singapore marathoner Soh Rui Yong just before the start of his race.

Soh went on to win the gold medal in the event. Soh also goes on to call Hermann a “terrible role model”.

See excerpt from email:

Soh also said that Hermann was “not a man” as a man would own up to his mistakes.

Apart from the episode with Soh, Hermann has also been accused of trying to sabotage sprinter Shanti Pereira.

In email to the association, Ms Oh said:

As if the above wasn’t enough, Hermann is also facing the prospect of being queried for his relationship with a Singaporean track and athlete.

Several athletes have said that they were not comfortable with Hermann having a relationship with a Singaporean track and field athlete.

“The athlete did not meet her qualifying mark, but was in the squad. This raises questions about her inclusion.”

Also, other athletes have also condemned Hermann for abandoning the team at the venue just so he could send his love interest back to the hotel after her race and when she was unwell.

“How is this not a conflict?” asked an athlete who didn’t want to be named.

TOC understands that Singapore Athletics views his relationship with the athlete as a private matter.

However, the athletes beg to differ as many others were left very uncomfortable with what was going on between them during the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

This is not the first time that track and field has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, and will certainly not be the last.