‘I don’t suppose he owes anybody something’ — Singaporeans react to Joseph Education’s withdrawal from SEA Video games

SINGAPORE: After swimmer Joseph Education introduced on Wednesday (March 1) his withdrawal from this 12 months’s South East Asia (SEA) Video games, Singaporeans expressed their help for the athlete, with one writing, “I don’t suppose he owes anybody something.”

“This was not a simple determination, however I’m presently not on the stage at which I maintain myself to carry out. Finally, my nation comes first earlier than particular person accolades,” Education, 27, stated in an announcement.

He additionally wrote that he’s giving his spot to “teammates who’ve been getting themselves prepared and regarded for choice whereas I cheer from dwelling and give attention to my Navy duties.”

Singapore’s first Olympic gold medallist for the 100-meter butterfly occasion in 2016 has had a protracted athletic profession, having received quite a few medals and damaged data on nationwide, regional and Olympic ranges for over a decade.

Education is a well-beloved determine by many Singaporeans, who additionally prolonged help towards him in September of final 12 months after he was discovered to have taken hashish abroad in Could 2022 when he was on short-term disruption from full-time Nationwide Service (NS) to coach and take part within the SEA Video games.

I don’t suppose he owes anybody something. He’s performed extra for the nation than most individuals would. He can do as he needs,” wrote one Singaporean commenting on a CNA report on Education’s announcement.

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Others remembered his earlier accolades.

“29 occasions SEA video games gold + 1 time Olympic gold medalist. Properly performed. Time to be a mentor,” wrote one other.

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“You’re at all times our first Gold Olympics medalist,” one stated.

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One other netizen weighed in, “He’s nonetheless younger. Even when he decides to retire from aggressive swimming, he’ll nonetheless have many supporters for the subsequent section of his life. Hopefully, he doesn’t fade away into irrelevance.”

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Others addressed Education straight.

“Properly performed…mate ..keep true to your self… Ignoring what others are saying,” wrote one.

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One commenter opined, “He IS an Olympic Champion, nobody can take that away. Now it’s as much as him if he desires to take the ache of coaching and self-discipline. It’s important to give credit score to athletes just like the Quah siblings for having maintained that aggressive edge all these years.”

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Final 12 months, Education was issued a proper letter of warning by the Ministry of Defence “informing him of the intense penalties of drug abuse meted out to all SAF personnel, who could also be sentenced as much as 9 months detention within the SAF Detention Barracks.”

The athlete apologised instantly afterwards, citing “a second of weak point after going by a really robust interval of my life”.

Mr Calvin Education, 73, the swimmer’s father, died in November 2021 on the Singapore Common Hospital along with his household by his aspect.

“Colin was a large amongst males. He would at all times let you know what he thought, no holds barred. We are going to miss him tremendously. The Education household want to thank everybody for his or her help and phrases of consolation throughout this robust time”, a household spokesperson stated.

Mr Education had been battling liver most cancers earlier than his demise. /TISG

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