We import foreign athletes? Hells yeah.

by Daniel Yap

Citizens are citizens, although Australia’s William Henzell may not be too happy about Singapore’s largely ex-Chinese team sweeping most of the table tennis medals at the Commonwealth games.

I’m okay with getting foreign-born athletes to commit to the nation and become a part of our country, if the scheme doesn’t significantly deprive Singaporeans of the chance to excel and raises opportunities for our people to do better.

Of course, there’s also the conundrum of how they are ACTUALLY Singaporeans as well.

The worst case would definitely be when a foreign-born athlete fails to integrate into our society, then packs up and leaves when his or her sporting days are over. If you want to buy in to Singapore, you have to buy in to the whole package. But alas, this is a humane society, and such fair-weather friends are free to go (and good riddance).

But we do have Australia to thank for one of Singapore’s most amazing foreign-born athletes – Aleksandar Duric. This guy’s story should be made into a movie. Don’t believe me? Go read it here on Wikipedia.

Duric came to us from Australia, on his own steam (not specifically for his excellent sporting prowess), and became a major piece of our nation’s football history.

So yeah, thanks for letting us have him, Australia. It was totally worth it.

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5 thoughts on “We import foreign athletes? Hells yeah.

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  2. Quiet frankly, you feel too good. An athlete’s talents and skills make him marketable around the world, and this rule certainly applies to a local sportsman. The foreign athletes are expected to win gold, not to integrate into a society.

    You should change your attitude because a foreign athlete is not supposed to accept the way to think like yours.

    Realistically, your postings haven’t show any merits or wisdom that a blogger can proud of except some anti-government spirit.

    Mr. GOPALAN NAIR started a blog “Singapore dissident” quiet sometime ago but I cannot see any wisdom in his postings. What he have done is simply making complaints without giving any constructive advice.

    In my opinion, you are as proud as Mr. Goplan Nair when it comes to the issue of foreign talents. Why not prove yourself by pointing out genuine flaws in PAP’s policies?

    If you are able to do so, I am sure that PAP will accept your advice and your special way of thinking will quickly get across. The question is: Are you able to prove the government wrong?

    Do it.

    Thank you for your patience.

      • Your words:

        “The worst case would definitely be when a foreign-born athlete fails to integrate into our society, then packs up and leaves when his or her sporting days are over. If you want to buy in to Singapore, you have to buy in to the whole package. But alas, this is a humane society, and such fair-weather friends are free to go (and good riddance).”

        I put several lines in response to your comments.

        The worst case is that a foreign-born athlete is unable to get a medal.

        An athlete is supposed to be result-oriented so getting absorbed into a society is certainly not his primary goal. If he successfully integrates into the society but fails to win medals, he is not a good athlete.

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