When Singapore paddlers Wang Yue Gu, Feng Tian Wei and Li Jia Wei were fighting for Singapore’s first Olympic medal in 48 years, it was one of the few times we could get off work and go to some place with a large-screen television to watch their matches.
It was an exciting period. A time when us Singaporeans could gather together and cheer like the good old, Fandi Ahmad days of soccer.
Will the next Olympic Games in London be as exciting, nail-biting and intense for Singaporeans?
A new program by the Ministry of Community, Youth and Sport (MCYS) called the Olympic Pathway Programme (OPP) will look into keeping Singapore’s Olympic hopes alive.
Six athletes have been selected to be part of this programme already: paddlers Feng Tian Wei, Wang Yue Gu, Sun Bei Bei, Yu Meng Yu, Tao Li (swimmer) and Jasmine Ser (shooter).
The funding for OPP is yet to be confirmed but its an great start to the preparation for the next Olympic Games.
By the way, this is just the first batch of athletes to be selected for the programme. There are other athletes who are working hard to fulfill the criteria to be part of the OPP. Let’s hope there’ll be more Olympic moments for us yet again!