At the World Table-Tennis Championships held in Moscow, Russia, the Singapore “national” team beat China 3-1 in the final to become world champions. However don’t expect Singaporeans to be excited about the win; expect us to be slightly embarrassed by it.
The reason is simple; the trio of paddlers that represented Singapore were all born in China and recruited by Singapore, given Singapore citizenship just to play for Singapore.If you search the internet, you would see more than a few comments stating it was a final between the China A team against the China B team.
Although it’s not that unusual for teams to have a few foreigners in their team, Singapore took it to the extreme by filling the whole team with foreigners. Looking at it that way, it’s no surprise Singaporeans are less than thrilled with the win by the Singapore “national” team.