Just days after claiming the squat world record of 208kg on June 19, Singaporean powerlifter Matthew Yap was left stranded in the very place he attained his achievement.
At 1.02am this morning (June 22), Powerlifting Singapore posted on Facebook that Yap and his brother cum coach, Marcus Yap, had been "detained in Minsk, Belarus, due to some visa mix ups".
With their flights missed and the need to rebook their flights, Ms Daphne Loo, the media officer of Powerlifting Singapore, started a crowdfunding campaign to help bring the boys back home.
According to her post on GIVE Asia, the powerlifters had arrived in Belarus on June 16 and told that a visa-on-arrival wasn't required.
However, on departure from Minsk International Airport, Belarus, they were detained for questioning due to the visa mix-up and had to pay about $833 for their release.
Explaining that they had no money, the officials eventually waived the fine and merely told them to book their own air tickets back to Singapore.
As if it wasn't bad enough, they soon found out that an air ticket to Singapore cost almost $1.5k.