Sporting Life

Hardest thing in sport? Sustaining a dynasty

If you are a sporting researcher, a geek or a student of dynasties, buy yourself a ticket to Seoul. Invite a few local sports administrators to lunch, feed them the finest bibimbap, and beg them for the secrets to their hand-eye, meditative magic.

Ask them how their women archers, who could trim the undisciplined ends of Robin Hood's moustache from 70 metres, won team gold in the last eight Olympics. Ask them how they produce this majestic army of women who win golf Majors with musical swings and cold-blooded calm. Ask them if they always knew that "dynasty" derives from the Greek verb dynasthai, which means "to have power".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2019, with the headline 'In a competitive era, Korea builds a dynasty'. Print Edition | Subscribe