Singapore marathoner Soh Rui Yong uploaded an open letter to MINDEF onto his Instagram account. This open letter comes after Joseph Schooling failed to make it to the finals in both 100m freestyle and his pet event, 100m butterfly. He wrote,
“This is the chance for you to score a HUGE PR WIN. Offer Jo the chance to serve NS, while you REVIVE your dying/dead SAFSA program. Use Jo as your poster boy.”
– Soh Rui Yong
SAFSA is SAF Sports Association, it is like a mini national team within SAF. Usually they will take in National players who are serving NS, school players who are playing with various clubs outside before NS, or those with outstanding CCA records.
Soh Rui Yong also wrote out a proposed schedule for Joseph Schooling’s NS, which comprised of swimming, clerical work, and rest. He thinks that this will allow Joseph Schooling to bring in medals at SEA games, Asian Games, and even Commonwealth Games.
He also suggest that they include Quah Zheng Wen if Joseph Schooling needs a training partner, and ask that MINDEF show flexibility for the two world class swimmers.
What do you think? If Joseph Schooling serves NS, should he be given a more relaxed regime? He already won Singapore’s first ever Olympic gold for us in 2016, should he even be serving NS at all?