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Singapore bag gold in badminton

Discussion in 'South East Asian Games 2003' started by ants, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. ants

    ants Regular Member

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    JIANG Yan Mei and Liu Fan clinched one of Singapore’s greatest badminton achievements with a 15-10, 15-7 win over Thailand in yesterday’s deciding match in the SEA Games women’s team final.

    Yan Mei also contributed a singles victory in the 3-2 triumph that gave Singapore their first gold medal ever in the SEA Games women’s team event and their first medal in the team event since a bronze in 1975.

    The triumph sparked spontaneous celebrations among the pro-Singapore crowd, with Yan Mei and Liu Fan leaping into an embrace and then grabbing the red-and-white national flag and leading the team on a victory lap around the courts at Tan Binh Culture and Sports Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Thai pair Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kulchala Worawichitchaikul walked off disappointed.

    Lim Swee Say, Singapore’s Environment Minister and head of the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), choked back tears as he saluted the team.

    “Gold medals don’t come easy. This is tremendous,” Swee Say said. Singapore hadn’t fielded a women’s team at the regional tournament since 1989.

    “It took a few years to put this together (because) we started with raw talent,” Swee Say said. “Our next aim is the final round of the Uber Cup in the not too distant future.''
     
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    i'm not trying to say anyting discriminative or dissing off anybody...
    but i dun really feel proud of our gold achievements...
    we may be proud of our 'foreign contingent'...
    but will others from other countries view our policy of inviting foreign talents as 'desperate' and viewing the foreigners as 'mercenaries'?

    are the talents really willing to come to singapore in the first place?
    or are they being crowded out of competition in their homeland where they have an abundance of talents?
    or are they lured by the money factor?
    are they willing to pledge their truthful allegiance to their adopted country?
    the wins are for themselves, as personal achievements or really something for their adopted country?

    i'm not trying to be radical or kicking up a storm. these are just my doubts and my reservations about the real success of having such a foreign talent scouting policy...
     

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