Sports training providers stressed that their programmes are not factories meant to produce world-class athletes overnight. Said Mr Hari Letcheman, vice-president of The Guardian Academy: "We doubled our numbers to 200 participants in a year. Parents want their children to be good in sports."
"But we look at long-term development. We have psychometric and physical tests to advise which sport is most suitable for them. "On top of that, we have dieticians, nutritionists and sports psychologists to guide them. We won't rush or force them at a pace that they're not comfortable with.
"We've made it a point to sit down with parents and agree on the expectations set for the students. We only take them up if their expectations are realistic.
"There was a case where a parent wanted his child, who was a beginner, to become the singles' champion in a year. We said 'no'." - Head coach of Epic Tennis Academy Eddie Lee, 39
"For your subjects, you can study and study and eventually be able to do well. But for sports, how far you can go depends on your biomechanics and physique." - Mr Eddie Lee
"Sports should be a way of keeping fit, being active and fighting obesity." - Mr Joe Goh, manager of Singapore Athletics Association Kids' Athletics "I hope my son will develop the same passion in sports as I did. If he does well enough to compete, I'll be glad. But if he doesn't, or wishes to drop out, I'll have no problem with that."
- Former triathlete Aaron Lew, 38, who signed up his son Brandon, four, with The Guardian Academy
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