Three swimmers – believed to be Joseph Schooling, Roanne Ho and Teo Zhen Ren – had reportedly left the Athletes’ Village at Namdong-gu last Friday (Sep 26) without seeking the permission of officials and that they had been drinking before returning to the village early on Saturday morning. The trio were escorted to their apartments by village security upon their return.
The trio are amongst Team Singapore’s 224-strong contingent at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. There’s only five days left in the two-week multi-sport event.
Local media reports that the swimmers did not appear drunk when they returned to the village. However, their actions at the Games could still land them in hot water.
In response to queries, Team Singapore’s chef-de-mission Jessie Phua said in a statement: “It has been brought to our attention that three athletes returned to the Athletes’ Village in the early hours on Sep 27. We will investigate further after the Games. We have reminded all remaining athletes and officials to be responsible for their actions and to keep the team managers updated of their movements.”
She added: “We are focused on giving our best to support the athletes who are still competing and wish them the very best for the competition.”