Name Sports Hub venues after athletes

Name Sports Hub venues after athletes

There will be bigger and more befitting things to name after our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew ("Name stadium after Lee Kuan Yew" by Mr David Tan Kok Kheng; last Saturday).

The new Sports Hub should be named, in whole or in part, after sportsmen who have donned Singapore's colours in international competitions.

There is weightlifter Tan Howe Liang, who won Singapore's first Olympic medal.

In athletics, there is C. Kunalan, Chee Swee Lee and the late Tan Eng Yoon.

And in swimming, there are the likes of Ang Peng Siong and golden girl Patricia Chan, who won 39 South-east Asian Peninsular Games golds.

Also consider Tan Eng Bock and Tan Eng Liang, who made our water polo team a formidable force.

Then there are the bowlers and shooters who brought back medals from competitions against stronger opponents, and our paddlers who won bronze and silver Olympic medals.

The star attraction of any sports centre must be football.

Can we name the stadium after legendary coach Choo Seng Quee, who brought the Malaysia Cup back to us after a long wait? Or what about former players Dollah Kassim, Quah Kim Song or S. Rajagopal?

Let us also not forget our disabled sportsmen who have done Singapore proud, such as the late Frankie Thanapal Sinniah, an athlete and former president of the Singapore Disability Sports Council.

Sports is about the man in the street, not politicians. Athletes come from all walks of life, and it is their passion and tenacity that make Singapore proud.

Ronald Lee Yew Kee, Reader


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