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Why continue funding football?

The Straits Times | Friday, Sep 19, 2014

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

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

DRAW LESSONS FROM NETBALL'S SUCCESS

Our netball team did Singapore proud by winning the Asian Netball Championships and qualifying for next year's Netball World Cup ("S'pore netball stands tall"; Monday).

Contrast netball's success with the state of women's football in Singapore.

In netball, Singapore beat Vietnam 84-8. In football, our Under-19 women's team were thrashed 0-10 by Vietnam last month.

Netball is a very popular sport among women in Singapore.

Even at the primary school level, close to 90 schools participated in the C division zonal competitions. Whereas for football, only 10 schools took part in the C division girls' competition.

What lessons can the Football Association of Singapore draw from netball's success?

Ivan Goh


This article was first published on Sep 17, 2014.
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