Obituary: Remembering Dr Lau Teng Chuan

One of the IBF’s long standing Council Members, Dr Lau Teng Chuan of Singapore, passed away on Tuesday 8th May after a long illness – he was 83. Dr Lau is survived by his wife Mary, two sons, a daughter and 7 grandchildren.

Dr Lau was a member of the then International Badminton Federation Council from 1989 - 1998 as the Asian Badminton Confederation representative. He also served terms during his tenure in the IBF as Chairman of the Technical Officials Commission and he was a highly respected Certificated Referee.

His contribution to the development of the sport via his seat at the IBF Council and also on the Technical Commission is immense and greatly valued.

Dr Lau Teng Chuan was honoured with the International Badminton Federation's Distinguished Service Award in 1997 for his life-long dedication to and support of the game of badminton at national, regional and international levels.

An Honours Graduate of the Loughborough College, London in Physical Education, Teng Chuan was the Executive Director of the Singapore Sports Council from 1975 to 1992 and then managed the Singapore National Olympic Council as its Secretary-General from 1995 - 2002.

Dr Lau is regarded by many as the father of physical education in Singapore having played a key role in implementing the PE strategy in schools. He was also central to the development of an outstanding organization capable of responding to the ever increasing athletics needs of a fast developing country.

In his younger days, Teng Chuan was part of the Singapore national badminton squad and national team (1956-58) and a contemporary of Wong Peng Soon and Ong Poh Lim. He later turned to coaching the national team (1963-65).

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