SINGAPORE, Sept 16 (dpa): Singapore's 2016 Olympic champion Joseph Schooling is to swap his swimming goggles for night vision glasses after the city-state's Defence Ministry on Thursday said he would soon begin two years of compulsory national military service. Schooling, 26, and Quah Zheng Wen, 24, a former Olympic swimming semi-finalist, "will proceed to fulfil their NS (national service) requirements, as they agreed to when they applied for deferment," the ministry announced. Schooling's service was scheduled to start in 2014 but was deferred to facilitate him competing in top-level international swimming. He went on to defeat multiple champion Michael Phelps in the 100-metre butterfly final at the Rio de Janeiro Games, prompting rare celebrations in Singapore for their first-ever Olympic gold medal. However, he made little impression at this year's Tokyo Games, trailing last in his heat. Schooling said on Thursday that he was "very grateful" for the government's support ... » Learn More about Singapore Olympic hero Joseph Schooling to do army service as deferral ends
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Singaporean Olympic swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen will soon be expected to enlist for full-time National Service (NS). The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a Sep. 16 statement to media queries that the deferment period for both swimmers ended on Aug. 31, 2021. They will be enlisted once the necessary pre-enlistment procedures have been completed. Schooling, 26, had previously been granted NS deferment for seven years from 2014 to 2021. Quah, 24, was also deferred from NS, but for six years, from 2015 to 2021. Schooling's parents had previously applied to MINDEF for his NS deferment when he was due to enlist in 2014. His appeal was granted as Schooling was determined to have the "potential to do well" in the 2016 Olympic Games. Schooling was subsequently granted an extension of his NS deferment in 2020, together with Quah, to train for and compete in the 2020 Tokyo ... » Learn More about Joseph Schooling to serve NS
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