Chan Chun Sing reminds Singaporeans: Don’t focus on whether sportsmen are local-borns
Posted by temasektimes on August 7, 2012
Following a flurry of public criticisms at the ‘buying’ of Olympic medals by the use of foreign-born sportsmen, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing has lashed out at Singaporeans for focusing narrowly on their nationalities.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Team Singapore dinner in London, Mr Chan said Singaporeans not to focus on whether Singapore’s elite sportsmen are local-borns, but look at how they are contributing to the country’s sporting scene.
Mr Chan was commenting on the massive public backlash against China-born’s Feng Tianwei for throwing flowers at her cheering PRC fans after winning a bronze medal in the table-tennis women’s singles event.
“Let’s not just look at where people come from. It’s not just where people come from that we should be concerned with, it’s also what they’ve done for the country,” Mr Chan said.
He added what’s more important is that the foreign-born athletes are able to inspire the next generation:
“For the people who’ve joined us, we hope they can continue to inspire a new generation of young athletes and that to us, is the most important thing.”
In contrast, Malaysian Badminton player Lee Chong Wei managed to win the hearts and minds of all Malaysians despite losing out to China’s Lin Dan for a gold medal at the Olympic games.