Congratulations on being selected as a national sportsman.
The phone being taken away is too extreme. It's not as if while playing hockey they have the phone strapped on with a blue tooth head piece & give instructions to buy/sell to their stock broker at home.
& the high carb meal on the plane is questionable. Even for the Stand Chart Marathon, the carbo loading was done at the pasta party the night before.
KFC on the way too? They should try a Carl's jr burger instead - big & chunky!
From what I know, athletes would only indulge in a bit of junk food during off-seasons & not during competitions.
Last edited by foxwagon; 8th December 2007 at 03:40 PM.
seems like no one can take bluntness for what it is
welcome to life. i must say that i'm very disappointed at the course this has taken.
My thoughts go out that your wife excells and you are both proud of her achievements !
I imagine that in a case such as this, things are not always made clear as to why, but often it turns out that there was good reason.
Though it is hard to understand why right now.
I am shure that upon your wife's return you will have much to talk about and celebrate.
This present concern will fade into the past.
All the best
Time, is an effortless construction :)
I concur, it's very harsh to take away their handphones out of the blue to deprive the atheletes to call their loved one back here in Singapore.
Give us a break nightmare, maybe go live a life and come back with something usefull other then bluntness which has no relevance. Whilst this was probably done with good intent, it hasnt been thought through, and others have explained the concequences of this on the performance of the team.
What if eastwest got in trouble, or even worse, had to be admitted to hospital or something (touch wood) he couldnt even contact his wife, but dont worry, he gets to call another number where someone wont answer, well thats fantastic, look how good life is!
One more thing, Humour? Your not funny! Maybe learn a trick or two from some of the really quality funny shows whilst your over in the UK. Might aswell get something out of your trip right?
Last edited by wildstallion; 9th December 2007 at 03:10 PM.
On hindsight, must follow what we do when we go reservist. Bring two mobile phones, one for show/confiscation, and the other for real use
i have a feeling that it is just "media blackout..."
singapore officials just do not want their athletics to spring surprise to them.
with the common 3g video phone that almost all are carrying nowadays.
a simple video clip uploaded to youtube will cause a lot of headache for singapore officials to explain why tan ah kow did this or tan ah mao did that.
so what best way is to just confiscate the mobile phone of their athletics, can just simply lame it for the sake of security.
i'm not sure about others sports whether they are allow mobile phone or not. anybody here has friends in the SEA games?
Well, I have heard of the no-sex rule...but no phone?? Very interesting. You should check this up with the National Sports Council. However, I feel they will support the decision made by the individual sport's governing body. But it will be nice to hear an official explanation on why handphones were taken away from atheletes. Perhaps, you can check if this applies only to the hockey team or on all Singapore atheletes. That would be interesting to know.
I don't think it has anything to do with security. I just think the management want to be seen as being pro-active but they've gone about it in completely the wrong way.
I still don't know if they won their first match yesterday afternoon so whereas I was one of their biggest supporters (I would turn up to watch most games in Singapore) I am completely in the dark. The official website for SEA games is so confusing I can't be bothered to try to find any results. Oh well, I did find out that there are only three teams playing hockey so Singapore guaranteed as least a bronze medal!
I would be interested to hear whether the phone ban applied to any other sports or whether it's just hockey.
when i see the thread, i thought it is some kind of 'first hand' photo taken by phone in SEA games.."SEA games, phone taken' ha.
Anyway, guess the best way is your wife's team make a feedback to the management that the policy isn't reasonable and being positive to their performance. If they insist, then the management may should have informed them in advanced.
So .. have the competition over? any medal?
Being selected to represent your country does not mean you have to surrender your basic rights to be able to keep in contact with your family. It's an honor to compete for your country, but on the other hand, your country must recipicate with gratitudes that best of the crop is competing on its behalf. Such barbaric action, confiscation of hand phones, is not a way to treat people. Please, no NS excuses guys, that reasoning does not hold water and has absoluting nothing to do with this situation.
This is another "stupid" thing probably designed by some "scholar" who has problems running a hundred meters.
What about the other atheletes who are competing in other events?
What I feel is that if isolation is part of the game, then it should be applied even in training and objectives/reasons be made known to the affected person.
nightmare does have his point too... a clarification thru the 'hotline' or thru SSC would get better answers. Then we might debate the merits of the decision.
I am sure a lot of research has gone into this area but doubt whether the Singapore Hockey Federation has studied any of it.
Anyone know whether they won yesterday or not? Despite six pages of coverage in Today, they do not have any result, even in a big list of results. I think the media is only interested in the sports that Singapore do well at.