Well, we once again just recently hosted the Thomas and Uber cups and I seriously didn't give two hoots about it. Besides I wasn't expecting the team to do us proud. When it comes to sports in this country, Nicol David not withstanding, we suck at everything. So, it came as no surprise to me that we didn't get far in the tournament.
But what really got me shaking my head in astonishment is the excuses our badminton primadonas came out with for their loss. Here's an excerpt of what I read in the Star today.
The Thomas-Uber Cup players have blamed the failure to host centralised training in isolation as one of the many reasons for their poor performances.
These issues were brought up during a no-holds barred meeting with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Nadzmi Mohd Salleh yesterday.
Other grievances and excuses brought up by the shuttlers were that:
They were, culturally, not as mentally strong as the shuttlers from China and South Korea (So be more dedicated and train harder! Duh!)
There was too much disturbance from the media and their surroundings (at the hostel where they shared the facilities with athletes from other sports at Bukit Kiara) (So where did they prefer? The palace of the golden horses?)
The motivation camp was held too close to the Finals (Huh? And that is an excuse?)
They lost to Japan (2-3 in the group tie) because they did not get a chance to try out the stadium when Nigeria failed to turn up for their opening match. (Hahaha ... Didn't get to try out the stadium. Urmmm, wasn't the championship held here and don't you guys originate and train here? Didn't get to try out the stadium ... wahahahahahaha - I'm laughing so hard my sides hurt!)
Aiyooo, please la people, cannot play just say cannot play la ... no need so many excuses, we all understand, you're just lousy and we can live with that. And if you're going to make excuses, at least be a little more creative la.
*shaking head in disbelieve*