Asian Games a golden opportunity to rally Singaporeans

The upcoming Fifa World Cup will be exciting for Singaporeans who, like the rest of the world, have waited four years for this event to happen.

However, the Asian Games in Jakarta, which begins in August, is just as exciting.

At these games, new local sporting talents who have golden dreams for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be unearthed.

I hope the agencies in Singapore will put in resources to publicise the Asian Games.

Here are some suggestions on what can be done:

First, the Government could sponsor a TV series entitled "From Jakarta to Tokyo. Young Olympic dreamers".

The series could be split into two parts, with the first part aired in the lead up to the coming Asian Games.

The rest could be shown next year as a lead up to the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The young sportsmen and women could be invited by educational institutions to give talks, so that students will get to know them. This could also attract the next generation of local athletes.

Sport Singapore could also team up with apparel companies to give publicity to the young athletes and the games.

Sporting glory is a strong unifying platform and these games can bring Singaporeans together to stand behind our young athletes.

Colin Ong Tau Shien

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline 'Asian Games a golden opportunity to rally Singaporeans'. Print Edition | Subscribe