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Abusive coaches only yell but the good ones listen

Her tendon is slightly torn, her knee bruised, her dream ripped. It’s two weeks to the 2017 SEA Games and Dipna Lim-Prasad trips on a hurdle. Will she be ready?

Her faith is shaken but not coach Luis Cunha’s. He does not rail or rant, but shows her videos of injured athletes who’ve returned from adversity to win. She rolls her eyes but he, looking to inspire, says, “they didn’t write themselves off”.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 02, 2020, with the headline 'Abusive coaches only yell but the good ones listen'. Print Edition | Subscribe