The 19th Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi, India, was the arena where the drama of Singapore sports unfolded in a montage of sweat and sheer athletic grit. 65 of Singapore’s finest athletes, with over 50 of them being debutantes to the Commonwealth Games, left for New Delhi, each hoping to chisel their names into the annals of Commonwealth Games history.
By any measure, the competition at the Games was no pushover, with giants like Australia, India and England throwing up seemingly unassailable obstacles in attempts to thwart the advance of our athletes’ push towards the pot of Gold. It is said that it is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes. If so, then this Games had unearthed a wealth of Singapore sports heroes; Gai Bin, the most medalled Team Singapore athlete and shooter; David-Jonathan Chan who bagged Singapore’s first Commonwealth Games medal in the Pommel Horse event; the electrifying ensemble of Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu and Wang Yuegu who cornered the medals for the Table Tennis Women’s Singles; the list goes on and on. Far from being cowed, the spirit of Team Singapore was invoked to harvest a rich medal trove of 11 Gold, 11 Silver and 9 Bronze medals, our best performance since we started our participation in the Commonwealth Games in 1958.
All that needs to be done now is to give our sporting heroes a resounding welcome home and also a loud thank you for realising the sporting dreams of an entire nation. May they continue to gain sporting glory for Singapore and to be role models our children can emulate.