Sporting life

Dancing with frustration and doubt in pursuit of comebacks

If you play sport, this is what you already know. One day you will lose form, fail in public, misplace confidence, tear your rotator cuff, get ignored by selectors, choke in a final and disappoint yourself. You just don't know when and which fate will befall you.

Adversity is not in the business of giving warnings and so it can show up as a concussion one afternoon or self-inflicted disgrace like Tiger Woods. Or as a more beautiful sort of challenge. Like having a baby and then doing sit-ups between nappy changes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2019, with the headline 'Dancing with frustration and doubt in pursuit of comebacks'. Print Edition | Subscribe