However you won’t find too many Singaporeans celebrating in the streets. Most Singaporeans are indifferent to the medal and according to a local poll on Yahoo!, a whopping 77% said that they are proud of the Olympic medal.
Now some people are wondering why this is the case. I mean an Olympic medal for the country is an Olympic medal for the country, no matter where the athlete was born right? So why aren’t the people of Singapore proud of it?
In one word; embarrassment!
For years, the Singapore table tennis team has been called the China B Team; Singaporeans has been mocked that our medals are made in China; Singapore has been told that we should thank the Embassy of China for winning us our sporting titles (swimming, table tennis, badminton etc).
Now Singapore is a small island and if there’s one thing Singaporeans don’t like, it is been laughed at. Worse is when the guy laughing at you is telling the truth. It’s no secret Singapore has been importing athletes into Singapore for sporting glory; to their credit the Singapore Table-Tennis Association has been very open about it.
All credit to Feng Tianwei for winning the bronze. It’s a great achievement and I believe it is something to be proud of but I am also realistic. I don’t expect Singaporeans to be jumping for joy for her when she returns from London. We are too embarrassed to be caught celebrating.