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Poll: Majority say Schooling should not be punished for drinking after sports meet

Joseph Schooling, the national swimmer who excelled in the Asian Games in Incheon, had allegedly appeared intoxicated at the entrance of the athletes' village after a night out.

Together with two other swimmers, Roanne Ho and Teo Zhen Ren, they were escorted by a security official from the entrance of the athletes' village to their block in the early hours of Saturday morning.

There were comments indicating that he has brought shame to the nation especially since he had earlier won one gold, two silver, and two bronze models at his swimming events at the games.

The New Paper conducted an online poll ​which 322 people took as of 12pm (Oct 1) and the results show that Singaporeans are generally forgiving of the swimmers.

The poll found that 77 per cent think that the athletes should not be punished for drinking after the events were over.

And is Schooling less of a role model to Singaporeans? No, says 72 per cent.

Seventy-three per cent said the incident did not make them see Schooling less positively 

However, 60 percent of respondents said that athletes should not be drinking at sports meets at all. 

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