A national team should not have to hold recruitment drives.
After all, is it not the peak of one’s sporting career to be called upon to don your country’s colours?
Yet this is the fate that has befallen Singapore’s national dragon boat teams: a lack of numbers and an unwillingness to commit to necessary years of training and preparation.
“We can’t force people to represent the nation,” said men’s coach Bryan Kieu. “But if people can be more patriotic, things would work better.”
The situation is similar for women’s coach Tan Wee Jin, who told Yahoo Singapore his team, like their male counterparts, has been trying to “advertise and attract people, by letting the public know we need numbers to do well”.
This despite a significant spike in mass interest in dragon boating, with events like the four-day DBS Marina Regatta drawing thousands of spectators and staking its claim as Singapore’s largest water sports festival.
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