WHY CONTINUE FUNDING FOOTBALL?

Monday's Sport cover page showed the contrasting fortunes of two local sports.

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Our netball team have consistently produced results on the world stage; they have done our country proud ("S'pore netball stands tall"). The same cannot be said for our football teams ("Tough task just became much harder").

For a sport that receives generous funding, football has time and again disappointed.

In the early days of the Malaysia Cup, football played an important role in unifying a newly independent Singapore. Today, what role does local football serve when Singaporeans are more interested in watching the English Premier League?

Is it sensible to continue funding a sport that seldom delivers? We might as well use the money to fund and further develop bowling, sailing, swimming and other sports that have delivered consistently.

Wong Pak Luen

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Straits Times 17 Sep 2014

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