I just read a few post. Thus do not know what many are talking about but here is my own view.
I used to be neighbour with Tan How Liang (he was a weight lifter). Our sports man lived a poor life till his old age. If anyone can find out. I am telling the truth.
As a young man, I was sportsman too. Here is my thots. I was a really poor boy in my days. To what stage? My Mum did not have money for me to buy a pair of running shoes let alone spikes shoes when I represented Singapore Schools.
However, I soon realized why Tan How Liang has to go to attend Olympics opening being sponsored by Mcdonalds (to check history, this is true). When I was selected for higher levels, there is really politics. So much that I was even criticised for being late due to school and due to being unhappy that someone else's team is early.(this is somewhat internal politics that someone inside there is trying to fight another guy, Let alone the high level selection)
So finally I tell myself that I will never appear in the National Stadium anymore and I did, I had never step in for sports even till the stadium was torn down. I do not blame anyone as that was my choice. And I think I did a right choice as I am now able to make my money without doing sports. I doubt I will make money if I had continue doing sports. I however enjoy sports and of cos I am now rather fat guy due to old age but people knows I do sports due to my shape.
Nevertheless, I think if the original thinking of these people does not change. SG sports will never be good. Especially a sportsman's career lifespan is short. Given our small population, how many can we produce if a portion of them are play out by politics???.......