Sporting Life

Little things have big roles to play in local football

Here's what I'd do with the Young Lions. Not just the nine footballers who allegedly broke curfew, but all of them. I'd buy them a copy of a book, Inspired, by Steve Redgrave, and ask them to turn to page 72.

Redgrave is a great rower, a man of water not land, but he's in a team, too, sometimes pairs, sometimes foursomes. In 1997, he's at a training camp, 35 years old, a diabetic with ulcerative colitis who feels so drained, so damaged, he trails his teammates in every training session. And now in the hills, his cycle punctures.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2019, with the headline 'Little things have big roles to play in local football'. Subscribe