DPM Teo praises China-born Feng’s bronze for ‘galvanizing’ local sports
Posted by temasektimes on August 3, 2012
“It’s like a tent pole….You put the tent pole high, you raise the standards for everyone, and I think this is what it has done for sports in Singapore,” DPM Teo said.
A native of China’s Heilongjiang province in its northeast, Feng only ‘became’ a ‘Singaporean in 2007.
Despite the positive propaganda churned out by the state media to ‘celebrate’ her win, the response from the ground has been lukewarm so far with many netizens criticizing Feng for throwing flowers at the PRC fans after the match.
However, DPM Teo was optimistic that Feng’s win will ‘inspire’ more Singaporeans to take up the sports.
“And you can see that, over a number of years, in different sports, their standards and aspirational levels have been brought up and people say: ‘Yeah, we can do that!’ I hope that inspires many more Singaporeans to take up sports and to do well.”