After the media hurly-burly of the Olympic Games, things seem a bit quiet all of a sudden. There has been much talk of 'legacy' and 'inspiring a new generation' - which is all very good. But it would be well to remember that performances at the Olympic level are almost impossible to create without huge amounts of support.
In Asia, that translates into governments and their sports departments waking up to the fact that they will have to invest real time, real money and real effort into nurturing their future stars. The Olympics may be all about inclusiveness and turning up and having a go, but if you really want your athletes to bring home the medals, well... must try harder.
We are repeatedly told that Asia has all the money these days, in both private and public hands. So how about doing something with it? It's just a matter of priorities in the end. And planning. Roll on Rio 2016, sure, but start planning now for the 2020 Olympics.
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