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Joseph Schooling and 2 other swimmers get warning over drunk incident

AsiaOne | Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014

SINGAPORE - The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) has issued a warning to the three Team Singapore swimmers who allegedly returned to the athletes village intoxicated at the Incheon Asian Games.

A panel comprising lawyer Jeffrey Beh, SNOC Athletes' Commission chairman Yip Ren Kai, Chief Medical officer for Team Singapore at the 2014 Asian Games Lim Yii Hong, and Team Singapore chef de mission (CDM) at the 2014 Asian Games Jessie Phua met on Oct 24 to investigate the incident, The Straits Times reports.

SNOC said in an email statement: "The Panel concluded that the three athletes - Mr Joseph Schooling, Mr Teo Zhen Ren and Ms Roanne Ho - have infringed the Code of Conduct for Athletes and Officials at Major Games when they left the Athletes' Village without permission. A letter of warning will be issued to each of the said athletes for their actions."

It was previously reported that the three athletes had returned to the athletes' village drunk in the early hours of Sep 27, and needed assistance from village security personnel to get back to the Singapore athletes' housing area.

According to reports, SNOC secretary-general Chris Chan said that the trio had officially only broken one rule - not obtaining permission from the CDM to leave the village.

SNOC also recommended that it is "mandatory that team managers remind their athletes to adhere to the Code of Conduct at all times at future Games," reports The Straits Times.

At the Asian Games, Schooling had ended Singapore's 32-year-wait for a swimming gold medal when he emerged victorious in the 100m butterfly. He also won silver for the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 200m butterfly.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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