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PM, pls make sure the real heroes are thanked

In Uncategorized on 14/08/2016 at 4:45 am

I read PM’s message that parly plans to congratulate Schooling and express support for Team S’pore (I suppose that includes the mandarin-speaking FT mercenary gladiators.)

Sorry for the snide remarks, but seriously, I hope the motion thanks Colin and May Schooling for their financial and other sacrifices in making the first Olympic S’porean gold possible. They could have been real S’poreans, and blamed the system for not allowing their son to achieve his potential when in 2008  the Singapore Swimming Association shut down its Centre of Excellence, and left it at that.

But

“In 2008, when the Singapore Swimming Association shut down its Centre of Excellence (COE), Colin was convinced by ex-COE coach Jack Simon that the US was where Joseph’s Olympic dream lay.

The Schoolings, who had to bear his school fees, expenses, transport and accommodation costs, took a leap of faith in 2009 and sent their only child abroad.

Colin, a 66-year-old businessman, estimates spending nearly US$1 million (S$1.26 million) on Joseph. That apart, there is also the heart-wrenching reality of being separated from their boy, only 14 at the time.

On average, the trio are together for only about three weeks a year.

Said May, a tennis player for Perak state: “At first, I didn’t want him to go. But he told me ‘Mum, if I am to get an Olympic gold medal, I have to go’.

“Grudgingly, I let him go but it was a painful decision.”

Added Colin, a hurdler and water polo player who represented Singapore in softball: “Our ties are strong, we did this as a team because we love our son so much.”

~ Chua Siang Yee, The Sunday Times, 28 Sep 2014.

PM, money talks BS walks in S’pore. Colin and May spent money, serious money showing their belief in their son. I understand the $1m, Schooling’s getting, is liable to tax. If so how about making the payment tax-free?

Update at 6.40am: A reader juz posted that the money can’t be accepted without Joseph getting kicked out of uni

Joseph Schooling cannot accept that $1m prize money under NCAA rules. He will be kicked out of the University of Texas. I am not even sure if that $1m can be said to be paid after he leaves the US college system. Someone in the govie should have done their homework before throwing the money around.

Update at 7.30am: Another reader posted why he can accept the money

Extracted from http://compliance.pac-12.org/.

“Under current NCAA rules, a student-athlete can permissibly accept any funds provided to them via the Operation Gold Grant Program (administered by the USOC) and other international equivalents run by other national governing bodies. Therefore, any incoming and current student-athletes are able to receive “bonuses” for winning Olympic medals”

Also from a swimming-centric website (https://swimswam.com/joseph-schooling-cashes-753000-biggest-gold-medal-bonus-world/) based in Austin, Texas, Schooling is eligible to keep the incentives based on the rule changes in Aug 2015 to make international student-athletes on par with the US athletes on the Gold Grant Program.

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  1. Joseph Schooling cannot accept that $1m prize money under NCAA rules. He will be kicked out of the University of Texas. I am not even sure if that $1m can be said to be paid after he leaves the US college system. Someone in the govie should have done their homework before throwing the money around.

  2. Extracted from http://compliance.pac-12.org/.

    “Under current NCAA rules, a student-athlete can permissibly accept any funds provided to them via the Operation Gold Grant Program (administered by the USOC) and other international equivalents run by other national governing bodies. Therefore, any incoming and current student-athletes are able to receive “bonuses” for winning Olympic medals”

    Also from a swimming-centric website (https://swimswam.com/joseph-schooling-cashes-753000-biggest-gold-medal-bonus-world/) based in Austin, Texas, Schooling is eligible to keep the incentives based on the rule changes in Aug 2015 to make international student-athletes on par with the US athletes on the Gold Grant Program.

  3. I was just thinking instead of Mother Mary and her “boy fantastic”, we now have Mother May and her Olympic Champion. Mother May had to fight the authorities, to insist on having her son deferred from NS. It was never easy, but she kept him grounded, focused, humble, respectful and he is now a champion in more ways than one. She is vindicated by her son’s success.

    Mother Mary also fought the authorities on what she thought was best for her son. Pity she also thought it would be good for him to lie, be rude, run down others, and bite back on those who helped him. Her vindication? Lol. None forthcoming even from most of the anti-Pappies out there.

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