In his National Rally speech touching briefly on the Olympics, PM Lee mentioned that the large population of China is about 300 times of us and theoretically speaking, it would take China to win 300 medals before Singapore has a chance for just one precious medal of any colour or type. Notwithstanding in the last Beijing Olympics, it's all thanks to the foreign talents, the likes of Li Jia Wei & company that enabled us to win the elusive silver medal in the women's table tennis team event after 48 years waiting never mind the fiascos within the fratenity. Ours is a small country, some 3 million are true bred Singaporeans to be exact. Do we have to wait for another 48 years to win an Olympics medal? And hopefully this time, by a Singapore-born Singaporean.
The king of sprinter of all times, Bolt hailed from Jamaica, which has a population base smaller than us, 2.5 million to be exact. Bolt broke the 100 metre & 200 metre records in astonishing time and above that, the Jamaican women's team, came in 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 100 metre. Jamaica is one, Croatia and New Zealand with lesser population base than us have produced world beaters too.
Save for sports, we have had achieved many firsts on the economic frontier since independence. Dare to dream big, Singapore and even without foreign talents, we will one day achieve success in the sporting arena of the world! I am rooting for our country to continue to work hard, if not much harder to win more Olympics medals. Nothing is impossible for impossible is nothing!