Marathoner Soh Rui Yong will get praised — and ribbed — for his ‘shirtless apology’


Soh Rui Yong is a present that retains on giving, and we imply that in a constructive means.

He apologised to the Singapore Nationwide Olympic Council (SNOC)and mentioned he might have “dealt with sure disputes up to now in another way” in a Feb 22 Fb put up, which earned him reward from many commenters.

Nevertheless, the shirtless photograph of the athlete that accompanied the apology has gotten a good quantity of consideration as effectively.

Final week, it made headlines when the two-time SEA Video games marathon gold medalist was excluded from the Singapore line-up on this 12 months’s video games in Hanoi in Might.

Soh, 30, had set a brand new nationwide file final December, operating the marathon in two hours, 22 minutes and 59 seconds, 10 minutes quicker than the qualifying time set for the occasion by the Singapore Nationwide Olympic Council (SNOC).

A spokesman for the  SNOC was quoted in The Straits Occasions as saying that Soh “fell in need of the requirements of angle and behavior the SNOC expects of and holds its athletes to”, the identical purpose it gave for excluding Soh from the athletes it despatched to Manila for the SEA Video games in 2019.

The runner responded to this in a Feb 16 Fb put up denying that he had made no effort since 2019 to make amends with the SNOC.

“That is categorically false and borders on defamation,” mentioned the runner, who has  himself been concerned in two defamation fits in Singapore just lately and is now finding out regulation in London.

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“I can verify that President of SNOC, Tan Chuan Jin, has blocked me on Fb, Instagram and LinkedIn, for causes solely recognized to himself. Whereas he’s effectively inside his rights to dam whoever he desires to dam, it’s onerous to resolve disputes when the chief of the SNOC himself just isn’t open to communication.”

Nevertheless, lower than every week after that defiant assertion, he appeared to have had a dramatic change of coronary heart. So he posted an apology, which he mentioned he had arrived at “after some self reflecting.”

“I’ve determined to apologise to SNOC so we will resolve our variations and transfer ahead in the very best pursuits of Singapore sports activities.

“I totally recognise that athletes representing Singapore ought to do our greatest to function a job mannequin to our youth. In my opinion, that features standing up for what is correct, regardless of the price.”

He acknowledged that he might “have dealt with sure disputes up to now in another way” and “been extra respectful and delicate in my method”.

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“For that I apologise and can do higher.”

He added that  his apology had not been issued with a purpose to “beg” to be included in Singapore’s SEA Video games roster. 

“However I’m apologising right here purely as a result of I recognise I’ve not dealt with sure disputes effectively up to now, and I’ll endeavour to do higher and develop into a greater individual sooner or later,” he added. 

The apology earned him some credit score with many netizens.

There have been additionally many  commenters who weren’t gained over and who determined to concentrate on the shirtless photograph that he posted alongside the apology. Which,as these items  are apt to do, spawned its personal meme.

The sudden apology, coming so swiftly on the heels of his defiant response to being excluded from Workforce Singapore but once more, additionally drew its share of feedback from sceptics, together with this one:



“SNOC President Tan Chuan-Jin blocked me on Fb, Instagram, LinkedIn” — Soh Rui Yong on SEA Video games line-up omission

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