SINGAPORE SQUASH DUO YAP KOK FOUR AND MOHAMAD ARRFFAN JOIN PRESIDENT PATRICK THIO IN THE SOUTH EAST ASIAN SQUASH FEDERATION TEAM.
Two Singapore Squash officials have been appointed to spearhead technical portfolios of the South East Asian Squash Federation (SEASF), the sport’s governing body in the sub-region. Yap Kok Four, the National Head Coach has been appointed the Director of Coaching, while Singapore Squash Rackets Association (SSRA) Committee Member Mohamad Arrffan has been reappointed as the Director of Refereeing.
Both the appointments were hand-picked by SEASF president Azlan Iskandar and approved by the Management Committee. Iskandar, the former world number ten squash player, shared that both are the right fit for the roles given their experience and commitment. On Kok Four, he also added:
“(Yap) Kok Four is someone I’ve known for a very long time and I fully back him up in his role as the Director of Coaching. He has been there and done that as a player, so he knows what it takes to get there. He has good people skills and these will come in handy especially when we are focussing on spreading the sport to the non-playing countries like Vietnam and Laos.”
While the role in the technical committee is new to Kok Four, who is now three months into his National Head Coach role, he relishes the opportunity and said, “It’s definitely an honour to be picked for this role, especially having just taken on my new position in Singapore. I hope to be able utilise the experiences I have gained over the years to contribute to the development of the sport in South East Asia, especially with the non-playing countries.”
Having been officiating top tier events such as the World Championships since 2013 and regarded as one of the top referees in Asia, it is no surprise that Mohamad Arrffan has helmed the position of Director of Refereeing since the inception of SEASF in 2014. This sentiment is also shared by SEASF President Azlan Iskandar, who said:
“Mohamad (Arrffan) has always had high standards. He officiates squash matches of the highest orders, which makes him a natural selection for the job. He is also a big team player and is always giving a lot of encouragement, especially to those newer to the sport.”
Mohamad, meanwhile, said, “Being reappointed into this position is a testament of the trust that the SEASF executive committee has in myself to assist with the spearheading of South East Asia’s referee development, and the continuity of the progress we have achieved so far.”
The appointment of both Kok Four and Mohamad makes it three Singapore Squash representation in the SEASF team, following the appointment of SSRA President Patrick Thio as the Vice-President at the Annual General Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand early last year.
Patrick joins representatives from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines as one of the four Vice Presidents in the Management Committee.
“I am happy and humbled to be part of this esteemed team of the SEASF. One of my main priorities would be to keep abreast with the development of squash within the region and I look forward to formulate plans to integrate with, and share with the wider squash bodies such as the Asian Squash Federation and World Squash Federation.
“The SEASF is a good avenue for us (Singapore) to be aware and learn from the countries ahead of us in this sport, and for those starting out, it is my hope that we can be here to help them develop the sport and assimilate them into the regional ecosystem. The appointments of our new head coach Yap Kok Four and Mohamad Arrffan in their respective roles will also see them lead the initiatives in their portfolios in helping these new countries such as Vietnam and Laos.”