01 Sep '11, 2am

#Table #Tennis - Ping-pong between youth, experience in SEA Games - Straits Times

#Table #Tennis - Ping-pong between youth, experience in SEA Games - Straits Times

Ping-pong between youth, experience in SEA Games. -- ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL By Terence Voon There was a time, well before table tennis touched Olympic silver and Tao Li's gold in Asiad swimming, when the SEA Games meant a world of riches to Singapore. The year was 1993, when the Republic - powered by Joscelin Yeo in the pool - basked in the collective glow of 50 gold medals on home soil. The country counted each medal with pride, celebrating the feat as well as the athletes who accomplished them. Eighteen years on, the SEA Games medal is now fool's gold for some of the fastest, the strongest and the most skilful athletes in this country. Proof of this shift lies in the pitched battle between the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) and the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) over whether seasoned campaigners should be sacrificed for youth at the biennial event. P...

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