SINGAPORE Badminton Association (SBA) president Lee Yi Shyan has called for a tempering of expectations of the Republic's shuttlers ahead of June's SEA Games.
Speaking at the ongoing OUE Singapore Open, Mr Lee, who is also Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and National Development, said a limited talent pool means good results on the international front cannot be taken for granted.
Said Mr Lee: "I think we have to be really realistic. Of all the talents we have, we will give them the best grooming.
"Once in a while, we create good results but it cannot be (a yearly) affair.
"But that doesn't mean that we should not dream, (or that) we should not think big."
At least two European countries are expected to train in Singapore before the SEA Games, and will help act as sparring partners for the national team, who will come up against world-class opposition in the form of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
The SBA chief urged Singaporeans to support the shuttlers at the biennial meet, where the Republic will put up a young squad, with the average age of the men's squad at 22, while the women's average age is 20.
He said: "When players are so tense... you want to hear a voice out there shouting for Singapore, shouting for your name. That connection and emotional support is very crucial for players."
This article was first published on Apr 11, 2015.
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