March 27, 2006
The number of diabetics in Malaysia might grow to 22% by year 2020,
reports today said. So, we will have a developed and advanced nation of
fat and sweet-blooded people. We'll therefore have the facilities of a
great healthcare system, necessary to cater to our lazy ways. We'll
have hi-tech computers for people to sit in front of, their knowledge
of technology growing as rapidly as their thighs and buttocks.
I'm not excluded from the generation of those who hardly exercises, and
that's not a good thing. Destination: healthy nation! Desti-nation.
And more interesting is how sports and exercise unite peoples together. I watched from the pits at the Elite kart track today and realised that this is the only way to get races integrated.
Children laughing, chatting and playing together between races. Parents
(albeit forcibly) interacting congenially with the other for the sake
of a common hobby.
What is lacking is the media space. And sponsorship from the
government. Measly attendance at national-level
events. Preferential treatment for grants and scholarships, the odds
working even against potential national champions, who would make us
proud. There's all this gold-class standard strutting around us and poor strategies to harness that talent.
Having said that, here's a round of applause for our representatives in Melbourne, who've given us 7 golds, 12 silvers and 10 bronzes so far!
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