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A report from the New Straits Times included some responses on social media by netizens, who called the comments “distasteful” and “uncalled for”. Some comments also asked Schooling “to be humble”.

But on Tuesday (8 August), following his induction into the Singapore Hall of Fame at the Singapore Sports Hub, Schooling said that the comment was all about helping his young and inexperienced teammates in the Singapore swimming team heading to the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur later this month.

The 22-year-old said, “I think it was taken out of context. I was speaking about how we have a younger team before (that), and I threw in Malaysia somehow. It must’ve been the 17 hours’ of jet lag, and then I said I can’t wait to go into their backyard and teach them a lesson or two which made it sound like I was criticising Malaysia.

“I was actually talking about our younger kids going there and teaching (our) rookies a thing or two about the launch pad that we have in the SEA Games to bigger and better meets in the future.”

Schooling won nine medals at the last SEA Games in 2015 held in Singapore. He will be taking part in six events this time – three events and three relays.




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I hope Joseph Schooling performs well in SEA games .....
"A man who has depths in his shame meets his destiny and his delicate decisions upon paths which few ever reach."