In the words of Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, sport will take on greater significance as Singapore continues to grow as a nation.
Speaking at the annual Singapore Sports Awards 2011 at the Orchard Hotel on Wednesday night, DPM Teo said sport is the "common ground" that can help the Republic stay unified.
"People used to ask: Why does sport matter? The answer is quite simple: Sport matters because of the way you make us feel: You the sportsmen (and women) who represent us, who carry our flag, you make us feel great, you make us feel good, you make us feel one because we're there to root for you," he told the 500-strong audience, comprising athletes and officials.
"Living in a nation of many races and many cultures, we need to find a common ground. Sport is that common ground, the space we can all share and celebrate. Sport is our opportunity to unite as one, regardless of language, religion, race or age."
Source: Channel News Asia
The only thing we would add is that Hobbies matter too! :)
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