I was shaking my head when I read this news.
Deal is off for pool ace
It looks like world champion will not be taking up Singapore citizenship after all
A YEAR after announcing his decision to become a Singapore citizen with much fanfare, Taiwan’s double world pool champion Wu Chia-ching appears to have changed his mind.
The former pool prodigy failed to turn up for appointments to finalise his citizenship last month, and has demanded better terms for his playing contract as a foreign sports talent.
This, after braving media backlash in Taiwan and repeatedly stating his desire to represent Singapore.
I’m against the idea of Singapore buying Wu Chia-ching over to Singapore since day one when it was reported. As you all should know, I’m always against the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme. And this is exactly why I’m against it. Most of the sport talents who we bought over thru this scheme is here for the money. Their heart is with the money, not Singapore. Why are we getting people who are interested in money to represent us in sports? What kind of signal are we sending to the younger generation?
Why do we waste money on buying sport talents from other countries? Why can’t we use those money to develop our own talents? And if Singaporeans are not talented in sports, so be it. Why do we need to excel in every field? What can a Olympic medal do? What is the point of getting a foreigner to help us win medal? Sports is about sportsmanship. It’s not just about winning. I personally feel more proud seeing true Singaporean (born and bred here) taking part in Olympic (and lose) than seeing foreign talents winning medal in Olympic for Singapore. I don’t feel the pride and honor when a foreign talent win a medal for Singapore. In fact, I felt ashamed that we need to resort to buying talents oversea to win.
Please, Singapore Sport Council, stop disgracing Singapore. Stop this useless Foreign Sports Talent Scheme. Use the time, money and effort to develop OUR own talent. Let us feel proud when we watch Singapore being represented by true Singaporeans in sporting events.
PS: This incident reminds me of what happen 2 years ago when a foreign sport talent left Singapore to play for other club, then came back to Singapore again.