Victory parade for China-born paddlers tomorrow
Posted by temasektimes on August 10, 2012
The Singapore Table-Tennis Association will be hosting a ‘Victory Parade’ for the China-born paddlers tomorrow to congratulate and honor them winning two Bronze medals at the London Olympic games which will cost Singapore taxpayers a total of $500,000.
Led by Captain Feng Tianwei and Gao Ning, the Team Singapore paddlers will cruise in an open-top bus to meet and greet fans as well as to receive congratulatory wishes from supporters.
The event will flag off at STTA at 9.30am and make pit stops at Blk 846, Yishun Ring Road and Jurong Point, before driving through Orchard Road and ending at Tampines West Community Club.
“Members of the public are also allowed an ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME chance to play a game of table-tennis with the Olympians at the 26 hours Table Tennis Extravaganza Table Tennis Tournament at Tampines West Community Club at 2.30pm. There will also be an autograph session for fans at the event,” a statement on the STTA website reads.
Despite the ‘victory’ and the constant stream of propaganda spewed out by the state media to glorify it, Singaporeans are more divided over the nationality of the paddlers rather than inspired by them.
A poll conducted by Yahoo News revealed that nearly 80 percent of Singaporeans will not feel proud of a medal won by a foreign-born player.