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Sunday, May 09, 2004


To Lose or not to Lose

There is this Star sport news item regarding our badminton team which is in Indonesia playing for the Thomas Cup, it is with the headlines :: To Win or Not to Win. i would rather tend to see the situation as :: To Lose or not to Lose, ie when we meet the Thais.

In the normal situation when a team plays in any competition, the main purpose is to win. So why is our Thomas Cup badminton team having this dilemma after having beaten the South Africans 5-0? The Star article says it all.

The Thais can also adopt a similar 'play to lose' strategy when they meet Malaysia, in that event the Malaysia-Thailand tie would be painful to watch and not be fair for the badminton fans. This 'play to lose' strategy is being thought of because of the desire not to meet Indonesia or China in the quarter-finals. In order to take home the Thomas Cup, the winning team would have, along the way, to beat either China or Indonesia. To our Thomas Cuppers, endeavour to do your very best and forget about losing, aim to win all the way, whoever your opponents may be. There is no shame losing when you play to win but to play to lose to Thailand and then be beaten by South Korea would not only be a disaster but also a dishonour to the sport. So do please think carefully all those involved in strategising.



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