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More funding needed for local sporting talent

I could not agree more with writers Jonathan Wong and Rohit Brijnath about the dearth of support for many of our budding sporting talent ("Price of chasing their dreams" and "Athletes investing in their careers is the real world"; both published last Sunday).

Save for the few perpetually well-funded "pet" sports, most of the others fall under the radar, with the exception of a few national sports associations - such as netball, table tennis and bowling - which have had strong presidents to help elevate their cause.

It is time for Sport Singapore to institute a more transparent system. It is shameful when star athletes like Sarah Pang, Koh Sock Hwee and Saiyidah Aisyah have to fend for themselves.

Despite the hundreds of millions spent on sporting venues such as the Singapore Sports Hub, as well as events such as the Formula One race and the Women's Tennis Association Finals - which have put Singapore on the world stage of sports - all these ring hollow if we fail to nurture our own sporting talent.

Despite the hundreds of millions spent on sporting venues such as the Singapore Sports Hub, as well as events such as the Formula One race and the Women's Tennis Association Finals... all these ring hollow if we fail to nurture our own sporting talent.

A small fraction of these funds would have gone far in helping our athletes move closer to realising their dreams and making Singapore proud.

Our government-linked companies, the major banks and property corporations should stand up and be counted. The two integrated resort operators should also give something back in the sports arena.

Maybe our new Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu, could add the pursuit of such sports funding to her agenda.

Daniel Cheng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 25, 2015, with the headline 'More funding needed for local sporting talent'. Print Edition | Subscribe