28 Sep '11, 8am

Here's to an inspiring Singapore Sports Hub

By Francis Chan Assistant News Editor [email protected] I can still remember the feeling of nausea as I looked up the steps on the terraces of the old National Stadium in Kallang. The voice of my coach bellowing from the top of the stadium still rings quite clearly in my mind. “Hurry up, you still have 17 more to go, young man. The skies are turning dark,” he would shout in Mandarin, even though it was early in the morning. This was off-season training, back in the days when I was an aspiring young sprinter trying to make the national 4 x 100m relay team for the 1993 South-east Asia (SEA) Games, which Singapore was hosting. The workout: Sprint up the stadium steps, jog back down. Do 20 times. I hated it but my mainland Chinese coach, Mr Qi Zutan, seemed to love it. A lot. What made it bearable was the view from the top of the terraces just above the old Gate 1 entrance. ...

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