So you are essentially saying, to excel in sports, you need to be BIG. I mean, physically BIG. And you're saying people in Singapore are not BIG enough and they don't have the physique to be in sports. Rubbish. That's certainly not true.
How big is Ang Peng Siong? By world class standards, he is far from big. In fact, if he were on the MRT train, he wouln't even stand out physically. There are many other Singaporeans just like him, if not bigger.
Big is not everything. There are many areas in sports where physical size is not an issue. In fact, it could be a hinderance. For eg, consider a gymnast or marathon runner.
The reason why Singapore is not good in sports is that we don't have the culture here. And the cost of living and lifestyle makes sports a VERY precarious career here.
Some say oh the population is too small. Rubbish. There are many countries with small populations but they can win Olympics with their native sportsmen and women. Switzerland is a good eg.
I remember an American speaker gave some analogies about sports to make his point and he apologized cos he said Singapore does not have a sports culture. Even he knows it!
The government is doing a good job at bringing foreign players here. It's a win-win situation. We get the recognition while the players get the possibility to excel here where in their home country, they could have remained a nobody. Otherwise, till today, Singapore will still be the old Singapore in sports. Pathetic.
I have mixed feelings about the table tennis women. To me, as long as they can get the right environment and chance, and with enough fundings, they can excel anywhere. It's only a matter of where they can get the opportunity. Singapore is the one place. But they could have very well been in other countries and given the other countries' glory. I'm happy for them. They are good in their sport intrinsically.
Unfortunately, deep down, we know we don't have that sporting culture. When any sports person wins here, we go Wow wow wow! Yeah Go Singapore! But before that, where is the talk? Do we follow their progress? No. Do we know much about their biodata? Likely No. We know more about foreign EPLs than our own local soccer players. We root for the teams that could win. What kind of sporting culture is that?