Merciful Defence Ministry Grants Schooling NS Deferment till after 2020 Olympic Games

It looks like Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling will have his national service deferment extended till after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

This was announced by Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen today.

Said Mr Ng:

“The Armed Forces Council approved Mr Joseph Schooling’s request for extension of his deferment and for him to be enlisted for NS after the 2020 Olympic Games.”

This means Schooling will get to defend his 100m fly title – which was won after a hard-fought battle with boyhood idol Michael Phelps.

Schooling’s original deferment, which was granted after a 3-year-long battle between his parents and the government, was set to end on 31 August this year.


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