Stadium's name should reflect nation's unity

Stadium's name should reflect nation's unity

Valid points have been raised in the debate over naming the new stadium ("Big stadium needs big name"; last Wednesday).

However, I disagree that it should be named after only one person. Instead, the name should reflect the unifying nature of sports in Singapore.

When Singaporeans get behind their national athletes, they celebrate as one Singapore, regardless of race, language or religion.

Win or lose, our national athletes make considerable sacrifices in many ways.

The efforts put in by support staff, such as coaches, medics and physiotherapists, and all the fans must also not be overlooked.

While only one athlete stands on the victor's podium, it is the hope of all Singaporeans that propelled him to that lofty position.

It is therefore not apt to name the stadium after just one person.

Therefore, I propose the name "The United People Stadium", after the phrase "one united people" in the National Pledge.

This will reflect how sports can help achieve the aspiration of unity, as well as signify the collective emotions, hopes and dreams of all Singaporeans when it comes to supporting our national athletes.

Ng Qi Siang, Reader

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