#260 s.e.a. games

Congratulations to the Singaporean contingent to the 25th SEA Games held in Vientiane for 10 days — December 9-19, 2009. Singapore won most of her medals from the aquatic sports.  

James Wong, the 40-year-old veteran, won gold for the discus event, which is his 8th gold medal for the nation. Will he be honored the best sportsman of the year?

The next SEA Games will be held in Indonesia in 2011. Will a younger discus thrower represent Singapore? Will there be more born-and-bred Singaporeans take up the challenge to future games and sport events in the regional or international scenes?

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#227 abusers at sports stadium

Generally Singaporeans are fortunate to enjoy sports stadium where the public could use the stadium for free.

Today, to my great disgust, there was animal pooh on the wood-chips track at the Gombak stadium. The wood-chips track is specially designed for those athletes to exercise while recovering from injuries.

Unfortunately some users not only bring their animals to accompany them at the stadium but abused by allowing their animals pooh along the track! Shame on whoever this person…!

Whoever had done that obviously did not care about the worker responsible in maintaining the stadium! If there were complaints, who got the firing line? The worker!

I believe many young budding athletes do not know facilities available. They do not take pride to care for the facilities available to them. They expect the sports councils to hire staff worker to take care of the facilities.

Musicians take care of their instruments yet…athletes take for granted or do not?!

On occasions especially during school holidays, I found children playing on the long-jump sandpit…these children would intelligently use their hands to sweep the white sand into the drain while the mother exercised away nearby!

#180 bronze for india’s unsung champion boxer

In post #152 Vijender Kumar was cited on BBC page as one who will compete at the Olympic Games ‘against the odds’.

The 22-year-old has returned with a bronze medal.

What an achievement for one true to his calling and vocation in sports in spite a lack of support from sponsors or government — his dedication, persistence and hard work…together with the support of his father.

photo taken from bbc international

…Kumar’s father, Diwan Singh, rode the bus an hour each way every day to bring his son a bucket of milk. To buy milk here in the city, where Kumar lived in a dingy room under the bleachers at Chatrasal Stadium, would have been too expensive. His father kept a buffalo at home, in a village on the outskirts of the city, and the family sacrificed so the son would not go without.

Kumar’s room at the stadium is lined with five wooden cots pressed close together for five burly wrestlers. Trousers hang from hooks on the wall. A pair of mice share the room. On an altar are the medals that each of the five have won along the way, next to images of Hanuman, the Hindu god that wrestlers in India revere.

…The father of Vijender Kumar, the boxer, could give him only his prayers.  (excerpt by Somini Sengupta)