Letter: Team talk

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Peter Corrigan suggests the national sports teams of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England could amalgamate for the greater good of Britain ("All Britain cheers the All England hero", 7 July). But for whose greater good would this be? I do not deny that greater success may be achieved by "British" teams, but participation is more important than winning. Smaller nations have few opportunities to express themselves independently on an international stage as it is. To deprive them of what little participation they enjoy would make for the monotony of a handful of larger nations.

As for Tim Henman, not all Britain was cheering the all England hero. Some were cheering a very good tennis player with a refreshingly modest personality, whose nationality was incidental.

J D Gruffydd

Crughywel, Powys