Asian Games: 3 swimmers returned drunk to athletes' village

Asian Games: 3 swimmers returned drunk to athletes' village

Three members of the national swimming squad at the Incheon Asian Games allegedly returned to the athletes' village drunk in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Straits Times understands that at least two were heavily intoxicated and needed assistance from village security personnel to get back to the housing area for Singapore athletes.

It is believed that upon reaching the housing area, they bumped into a group of Team Singapore athletes and officials who were about to leave the village for a flight home.

The swimming competition ended last Friday night.

The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) said yesterday that it was aware of the incident and that investigations will be conducted after the Asiad, which ends on Oct 4.

Said Team Singapore chef de mission Jessie Phua in an e-mail statement: "It has been brought to our attention that three athletes returned to the Athletes' Village in the early hours on Sept 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.

"In the meantime, Team Singapore have five more days of competition to go at the Asian Games. We are focused on giving our best to support the athletes who are still competing, and wish them the very best for the competition."

The Singapore Swimming Association declined to comment on the matter but noted its athletes are under the jurisdiction and care of the SNOC at major games.

Singapore's swimmers won five medals at the Games - one gold, two silvers and two bronzes.

The medals were won by Joseph Schooling and Tao Li.

This article was first published on September 30, 2014.
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