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Focus not on whether sportsmen are local-borns but how they contribute

Published on Aug 7, 2012 8:15 AM
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Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing met with the Singapore table tennis women's team after their loss to Japan. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

LONDON - Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing urged 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.

He was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Team Singapore dinner in London, held to celebrate the Republic's 23-strong contingent at the Olympics.

Pockets around Singapore had greeted paddler Feng Tianwei's bronze medal in the women's singles event with cynicism due to the fact that she is a foreign-born athlete.

Said Mr Chan: "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.

"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."

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