Sport is about passion and pride, not just numbers

It seems like Mediacorp and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth have approached the need for live Olympic Games broadcasting with the head rather than the heart ("'Bailout' unlikely for Olympics 'live' telecast"; July 24).

Sport is about passion. It has the ability to galvanise communities and lift the spirit of a nation.

Singapore is not known for sporting greatness, but each time we watch our athletes perform on the world stage, we feel a sense of overwhelming pride - that our tiny nation stands among giants - and we relish the nervous anticipation in the hope of a podium finish.

We remember with fondness swimmers Ang Peng Siong and David Lim giving their all in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, and our women's table tennis team winning two bronze medals in the London 2012 Olympic Games. These are emotion-tinged memories now etched in our minds because we sat glued to the goggle-box bringing forth the magic of live broadcasts.

I am sure that wherever our sportsmen and sportswomen compete, they will have the motivation to perform that little bit extra, knowing that their families and fans at home are watching with fingers crossed.

Watching our athletes perform is a celebration of their efforts and skills.

Only a live telecast can instantaneously deliver our hopes and dreams straight into our homes and hearts.

Gurmit Singh Kullar