FIFA expressed its sorrow upon learning about the sudden demise of Lim Kia Tong. Often described as a devoted servant of football in Singapore, Lim Kia Tong leaves behind a great legacy with his work and a great reputation for his dedication to the development of the sport in Singapore.
Gianni Infantino, the President of FIFA, expressed shock after learning about the death of Lim Kia Tong. Gianni Infantino called him a great man and a huge supporter of football. Lim Kia Tong was a leader everyone could trust, especially for his wisdom and support. The entire football community has lost a great friend.
Gianni Infantino last met Lim Kia Tong in late 2021 in Singapore for the inauguration of the new headquarters for the Football Association of Singapore. Lim Kia Tong was first elected for the position of Chairman at the Football Association of Singapore in 2017. He was re-elected for the same position in the previous year.
Aged 70, his demise due to cardiac arrest remains a great loss to the entire football fraternity that experienced his greatness while working as the Deputy Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and as the Chairman of the Asian Football Confederation Disciplinary Committee.
Lim Kia Tong was initially a lawyer with 40 years of experience heading the criminal department at Hin Tat Augustine & Partners. He is survived by his wife, a 31-year-old daughter, and a 30-year-old son.
The Football Association of Singapore published a post on Facebook expressing its deepest condolences to his family.
His relationship with the Football Association of Singapore began in 1999 when he was appointed council member. Lim Kia Tong was later awarded the post of Vice President in 2007.
After learning the news, the Singapore Premier League has decided to postpone the draw for the 2022 Singapore Cup. It was originally planned for Wednesday, with a revised date yet to be announced. All the matches have been postponed to October 21, 2022, and October 22, 2022. Details for the same will shortly be updated by the online football betting sites, following which participants will be able to review their actions on the betting sites.
According to reports, Bernard Tan, the Deputy President of the Football Association of Singapore, is likely to take over as interim President until next year’s Congress. A new leader is expected to be elected soon for the remaining period as per the sports news.
The Football Association of Singapore has announced plans to set up a dedicated space in its office lobby at Jalan Besar Stadium. It will be open to everyone who wishes to pay their respects to Lim Kia Tong.
Representatives of Hin Tat Augustine & Partners talked to the media and said they were devastated by his sudden passing, adding that Lim Kia Tong will be missed dearly.