So we’ve got a few good men (and women). Now what we need are a few more medals

The report:

The Straits Times reported on 8 July ( “Imran is Singapore’s voice in ICC Board“) that former national cricket skipper Imran Hamid has been elected to the International Cricket Council’s board. The Singapore Cricket Association president and lawyer will now represent the 34 non-test playing cricket countries in the ICC. He is also part of a growing number of Singaporean decision makers who have ascended to major positions on world governing bodies.

My thoughts:

Heartiest congratulations to Imran Hamid for being elected to the Internationa Cricket Council’s board.

It’s good to see that he is one of an increasing number of Singaporeans being elected to the international governing bodies of their respective sports. At the end of the day though, it would be great if this growing number of elected Singapore decision-makers can be matched by Singapore’s growing prowess on the world sporting stage.

Because that would be the thing to get Singaporeans excited about Singapore sport, wouldn’t it? Not that we have people being elected to world sporting bodies, but rather, that our locally-born athletes have the ability to hold their own on the world stage despite our country’s lack of size, population and talent, create occasional shocks and upsets against major sporting powerhouses and win major medals.

As mentioned in my previous post, we have had Singaporeans excelling on the world stage.

Alas, these achievements are too few and far between and don’t occur often enough to maintain that buzz of excitement among the people.

Hopefully, that day will come soon and hopefully, it will be our sailors leading that charge. 

Because the sort of energy and effort that SingaporeSailing’s president Low Teo Ping has been putting into the development of our sailors as well as the rock-solid and unwavering belief he has in local talent, really deserves to be richly rewarded.

Hopefully, that reward will finally be reaped at the 2012 London Olympics.

On another note, I was a little perturbed by the inclusion of that quote from ICC spokesman Brian Murgatroyd on how Imran performed at his first ICC meeting.

“It was his first board meeting but I was very impressed that he did not try to show off or try too hard,” said Murgatroyd. “He listened most of the time, and when he did speak, his opinions were well-considered and sensible.”

I mean, excuse me, but doesn’t that quote sound a tad patronising and colonial? It makes it seem as though we need an outsider’s opinion to convince ourselves that Imran is a good addition to the ICC Board.

Mugatroyd sounded like some headmaster giving out a report card on Imran’s “performance” at his first ICC meeting, and patting him on the head and saying “Well done”, and honestly, I found that distasteful.

Finally, this thought struck me when I saw that outgoing Singapore Table Tennis Association president Choo Wee Khiang is an executive council member of the International Table Tennis Federation.

Given his penchant for using the Foreign Talent Scheme aggressively to turn Singapore into a world table-tennis powerhouse, I was surprised to see that he hadn’t nominated a Foreign Talent to represent him on the ITTF board.

After all, if a Singaporean is not considered good enough to represent his/her country in table tennis at major competitions such as the World Championships or the Olympics, then how can a Singaporean be good enough to sit on the international governing body of the sport?

Oh the irony…

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

27 June: Low Teo Ping – the last action hero of Singapore sports 

26 June: Singapore boleh, local talent boleh!

20 June: Wanted – a 20 percent cap on FSTs and a reality check for some NSAs

19 June: Singapore table tennis (part 2): Damning quotes, damning facts

18 June: Singapore table tennis: Is there more – or less – than meets the eye?

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