Let's train our sports talent

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 February, 2012, 12:00am


Recently, I read an article in a magazine about sports recruiting at prestigious schools. They admit students based on their athletic talent, because the schools want to win inter-school competitions.

Sometimes elite athletes are asked to leave their old school and transfer to a more prestigious school. I don't think this is a good thing. Soon, some elite athletes will look for another school if their teams fail to win trophies.

I think this practice ruins the true meaning of sports. It also isn't fair in the spirit of inter-school competitions. One school might end up winning everything.

I think schools should put more effort into discovering and training their own students, rather than taking elite athletes from other schools.

Tammy Wong Nga-man

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Tammy. You raise an interesting point about schools possibly neglecting their home talent in favour of students from other schools. But perhaps we need to look at this from another side.

If you are a student who does not have the money to attend a prestigious school, one way you could gain a better education would be to be accepted on a sports scholarship. It's a golden opportunity for these students to be exposed to that level of education.

Susan, Editor