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STTA has to bite the bullet and recruit foreign talent for Olympic success

(From left) Feng Tianwei, Lin Ye and Yu Mengyu of Singapore's women's table tennis team. PHOTO: REUTERS
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TOKYO - With Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu, stalwarts of Singapore's women's table tennis team, nearing the end of their careers and unlikely to feature at the 2024 Paris Olympics, the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) is at a crossroads.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are the second straight Games that the Republic's paddlers have returned empty-handed. They won a historic silver in the women's team at Beijing 2008 and added two bronzes in the team and singles - courtesy of Feng - four years later in London.

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