Asian Games 2018: Jakarta & Palembang, Aug 18-Sept 2

Whether 13th place or 34th, every position matters

From the sea to ponds, passion has many playing grounds in an unequal sporting world

Eels. Trash. Jellyfish.

Sausan Aishath is casually listing the impediments she occasionally faces while training in the Maldives. Her compatriots have described this at previous Games, but it still takes some digesting. Forget those high-tech pools, she trains in a cordoned-off section of the sea, her skill sandpapered in salt water. In an unequal world, we need reminding that passion has many playing grounds.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2018, with the headline 'Whether 13th place or 34th, every position matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe