Singapore prides itself on coming up on top globally in many fields - not least its economy and education system. But somehow, Olympic gold has remained elusive.
Fundamentally, Singapore lacks a real sporting culture, said nominated Member of Parliament Nicholas Fang, a former national fencer, and triathlon and pentathlon athlete.
Without a "broad base of passion and enthusiasm" for sports, it is hard to build an "ecosystem" to support athletes who want to pursue their sporting dreams, he added.
"We have to remove the stigma that sports versus 'real issues' like academics and careers is a zero-sum game.”
The full article is available here: Singapore's Olympic gold chase a hurdles race [BBC News, 26 July 2012]