Commentary

Moving SEA Games out of the kampung to the modern era

The region's showpiece event needs to have more consistency in number of sports to move ahead

A maximum of 40 sports seems like a sweet spot for the SEA Games.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Competitive sport is often a numbers game - athletes aim to beat records and personal bests by a fraction of a second, a millimetre; teams fight for points; countries want to win as many medals as they can at a major Games.

It is also about consistency - they want be at their best for as long as possible.

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