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Old 25th July 2011, 06:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Table Tennis: Home-grown v foreign players? STTA clashes with SNOC

Table Tennis: Home-grown v foreign players? STTA clashes with SNOC
By Jeanette Tan | SingaporeScene – 19 hours ago



Isabelle Li at last year's Youth Olympic Games. SNOC and STTA are now at odds as to whether or not to send …

Singapore's two governing bodies that decide on the lineup of table-tennis players for the November South-east Asian (SEA) Games are currently in disagreement.

What it boils down to: home-grown talent versus foreign talent.

Should we send our nation's top three China-born players (world No. 5 Feng Tianwei, world No. 10 Wang Yuegu and Li Jiawei, ranked 23rd) or give the likes of 16-year-old Isabelle Li and 20-year-old Zena Sim the chance to represent Singapore, in a move to nurture local talent?

The Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) has set its sights on the latter.

The association has withdrawn its nominations for the three Chinese paddlers -- who are virtually assured of a medal finish -- for the November games in Palembang, Indonesia, and chosen nine other players including locals Li, Sim and Chinese-born players Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu.

"I want to field local talent. I want to field Isabelle -- those are the reasons," said STTA president Lee Bee Wah to The Straits Times on Friday.

But Singapore's National Olympic Council (SNOC) stresses the importance of Singapore sending its best so as to win medals.

It has not approved of any of the nominations submitted by STTA and asked the association why it removed the top three paddlers' names for the SEA Games. The STTA is expected to give a formal answer by 4 August.

To Secretary-General of SNOC Chris Chan, winning SEA Games medals is important, especially for table- tennis, which have been gold mines for Singapore.

"The SEA Games is something the man in the street understands and expects Singapore to win gold," Chan explained.

And with Singapore's heavy investment in foreign talent, major Games are a time for them to get onto the podium, he pointed out.

Lee disagreed, declaring instead that it is time for home-grown players to be given a chance to represent the country.

"Our foreign-born paddlers have been doing their part -- not just in the SEA Games but at the Commonwealth, Asian Games and Olympics," she said.

Meanwhile, Li's parents expressed disappointment at SNOC's response to the STTA's nominations.

Her mother, housewife Sim Kwang Huang, 50, said, "If the SNOC keeps wanting the STTA to send their best, no parent will want his child to go into sports because Singapore is more concerned about medals than developing local talent."

If the SNOC keeps wanting the STTA to send their best, no parent will want his child to go into sports because S'pore is more concerned about medals than developing local talent

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Another factor is the incentive awards the government hands out under its Multi-Million Dollar Award Programme (MAP) Awards scheme. An individual SEA Games gold medal is worth $10,000 (for the first gold) while subsequent ones are worth $5,000. Team gold medals are worth $15,000.

At the 2009 SEA Games, Singapore's paddlers reaped a combined $80,000 from the scheme.

What do you think: Should Singapore sends its best foreign-born representatives or give home-grown players a chance?

Source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singa...032359120.html

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Re: Table Tennis: Home-grown v foreign players? STTA clashes with SNOC

Hmm... Main aim is to win more gold medals.

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Re: Table Tennis: Home-grown v foreign players? STTA clashes with SNOC

The youngsters need help to make the step up. If they are not given the chance, they won't be able to maximise their potential. They need to be given the chance.

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Cannot send a mixture of both home-grown and foreign players ?

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I believe it's a dilemma to win more medals vs letting the young to get exposure.

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