Singapore's athletes acquitted themselves well at the Asian Games, which ends today. Finishing with 22 medals, including four golds, and in the top half of the table is laudable for a nation of 5.6 million competing against 45 national Olympic teams. This year's contingent is Singapore's largest since the first Games in 1951. Since then, athletes have brought back 209 medals. The quadrennial Asiad offers sportsmen their moment in the sun, but the struggle to reach the podium is perennial. Hence it behoves Singaporeans to support athletes all year round and in whatever way they can.
The easiest is simply to cheer Team Singapore. Broadcasting of major sporting events is not always a given here, with the escalating prices of broadcast rights. But the authorities can always take steps to ensure the public has the option to catch key competitions. Singapore should also consider the literal price athletes pay in pursuing sports as a career. There is the Multi-Million Dollar Award Programme that provides cash payouts to medal winners - but a certain percentage goes back to their national sports associations.