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Addressing the online hatred against Joseph Schooling

I would like to take a moment to address the online hate against my brother, Joseph Isaac Schooling. I refuse to sit here in silence, especially given that his parents, May Yim Schooling and Colin Schooling, always take the high road.

First, let me begin by saying that Joseph is a wonderful human being. His parents are also incredible people with hearts of gold. I am proud to call them good friends and I will always stand by their side. I can tell you that the Schoolings have been going through one of the most difficult and emotional times. His father was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Joseph has not only had the weight of the world on his shoulders, but he has also been going through tough times in his personal life. He is never one to make excuses though.

Let us remember that Joseph has achieved what no Singaporean has in history. Let us remember that he brought honor and glory to Singapore when he became the first and only Olympic Gold Medalist in history from the Little Red Dot. Let us remember that Joseph beat the greatest of all time, Michael Phelps, and that Joseph remains one of the best swimmers in the world today. Full stop. Period. End of story. On any given day, Joseph can beat anyone in the world, especially in the butterfly. I speak the truth as someone who has been involved in sports for over 35+ years as a student, a competitor, a teacher, a coach, and now a CEO.

The reality is that every world championship athlete goes through ups and downs. You can see it in martial arts, but you can also see it in every other sport in the world. The truth is that it is almost impossible to win world championships consistently when you are competing at the highest levels in the world. There is no margin for error. If it was easy to win world championships against the best in the world, everyone would do it. The Olympics represents the highest levels in the world. It is the biggest global stage for sports. And win or lose, Joseph has made all of us in Singapore proud.

Please don’t forget that Joseph is one of us. Yes, he is a hero, but he is also a son, a friend, a Singaporean, a human being, and much more. No matter what happens, I can say that Joseph is always willing to face the best of the best. I can tell you first-hand that Joseph has always dedicated and sacrificed everything for his dream. People do not realize the blood, sweat, and tears that go into chasing a dream as big as the Olympics. His daily training regimen and diet would make quitters out of 99.9% of the world’s population. Man, if anything, we should all be standing united, defending Joseph against all of the online haters who have never done anything in life. Let us stand up and applaud Joseph for chasing his dreams fearlessly in the quest to make history. Let us join hands and educate the world about his extraordinary story and incredible warrior spirit. Let us unite about all the great things Joseph has done for Singapore. Through his life’s work, he has inspired all of us to dream more, do more, and be more in life.

Thank you for always inspiring me, Joseph. Failures and setbacks are nothing more than stepping stones on the path to greatness. You will be back better, stronger, and faster than ever. Let’s keep chasing our greatness in life!!!

Majulah Singapura!

 

* Facebook post by Chatri Sityodtong.

 

 

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26 Responses to “Addressing the online hatred against Joseph Schooling”

  • Mother of Success:

    Failure is the mother of success. There are many idiots out there who can’t accept failure.

    One man was divorced by his wife for losing his job. Years later, he made his comeback and became a very rich man.

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  • nathan chen:

    He did not win. He got criticized. This is sport. Even the world’s best footballer, that lets the fans and country down by missing a penalty, gets crucified. All his past glory counts for nothing. There are no online hates here. Our personal disappoint in Joseph Schooling is overshadowed by the sad news that his father is suffering from cancer. We feel terrible for Joseph Schooling and his family.

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  • Schooling has one his best:

    Schooling has done his best despite all unfavourable situations facing him. Before reading of his father’s illness, when I saw him on media, I noticed that he has lost much weight and was wondering why? Being a son and one close to his father, he certainly is affected as would any human though he denied so. The diagnosis in fact was rather close to the olympics. He is competing against the world’s best and one could not expect anyone to be always at the top even without any incidents that would affect. I honour him for giving our little red dot the opportunity to stand out in 2016 as would all other olympic champions of the nation in the past.

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  • Schooling has done his best:

    I do not mean that he could not come out champion again. In fact he is optimistic and preparing to strike again. Lets give him the time to rest before moving on. On the NS, shouldnt it be waived as would many FT converts to citizens. He is already serving National Service!

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  • Only natural:

    Only natural..people are disappointed with the poor performance.
    No big deal….move on.
    Do better next time…

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  • Jenny Soon:

    He had fine time with too many women, good food, fast cars….not working hard at all even one month b4 Olympics,,,,,,,,,, became fat
    To come in last in the batch and at a 53 s is testimony to his decadent lifestyle. Who to blame? Most know the anser
    While we bleed for Colin, it is not excuse at all for raison d’tet
    NO NO SYMPATHY FROM ME

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  • Great retort by Max Le Blond:

    Great retort by Schooling’s uncle Max and a friend Alvin Tan on public preception on usage of state fund. For goodness sake, Irene Ang, need to be kinder in criticism and be more aware of the hardship both Schooling and family have gone through the years!

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  • opposition dude:

    Joseph has already done us proud. There will always be people slamming him since this isn’t a perfect world. The trick is to ignore them or else their comments will get to you.

    Don’t know if Joseph will be participating in the next Olympics or not but for now let us rally behind our sailor girls and cheer them on in the final!

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  • Smart Nation:

    HIs critics expected more from him and they felt let down by his dismal performance in Tokyo. After PAP put him high up on the pedestal, the fanfare and trumpet-blowing that he had beaten Michael Phelps, you can’t blame them. Phelps is the most decorated Olympians in history, with 8 gold medals to his winnings. I thought he could have made it 9, if he had not let up in the final seconds of the that 100m Fly at Rio. Maybe he was just tired or didn’t get enough time to recuperate between races. Joseph Schooling will always be remembered as the one-time Olympic gold medalist from SG whose record was broken by C. Dressler of the U.S.A. That is sports!

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  • Smart Nation:

    @Smart Nation:
    August 1, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Correction: Should be C. Dressel, and not Dressler.

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  • Don't trust pappy hypocrites:

    Hello, move on lah!

    When JS brought back that piece of highly desirable metal, pappies went into a frenzy to capitalize, exploit and milk his achievement for their own brownie points.

    Now he flew home EMPTY HANDED, no white monkeys were at the airport to receive him.

    How outright hypocritical can these idiots be!

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  • 5566:

    Olympic shorten your lifespan bro!

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  • Smart Nation:

    @Jenny Soon:
    August 1, 2021 at 5:53 pm
    Response: Really? Fat? Did he put on a lot of weight? If that is true, NS might help him get back in shape for the competition pool. He is very privileged to have been given such long deferment to prepare and represent the country in the Olympics. If your description of him is true, it would imply that he has not use that privilege to prepare himself well for Tokyo. That will give more reasons to his critics. Others had to face fines and jail sentence for evading NS. Some had to forgo or put their dreams on hold until after their NS. He was given extended deferment and the opportunity of a life-time to compete in not one but two Olympics, and to win a gold medal. If my sixth sense is right, I think I know what is coming next! LOL!

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  • Smart Nation:

    Looking at the Olympics Medal List to see if SG is on it. Thailand and the Philippines won a Gold each; Indonesia won a Silver, and Malaysia, a Bronze. Nothing for SG yet.

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  • Ah Chik:

    Joe deserve to be sponsored by STATE.
    He is a true blu sg who won an Olympic GOLD,no less.
    Our SG FLAG WAS FLOWN IN RIO ,NOT JOE SCHOOLING’S NAME?

    WHY SHOULD’NT THE STATE PAY FOR HIS TRAINING?
    EVEN CHINA TABLE-TENNIS PLAYERS COMPETING UNDER SG FLAG GET PAID?

    WTF IS SGS THINKING?
    THOSE BASHING OWN SON OF SG ARE STUPID AS STUPID CAN BE!
    DID CHINESE TABLE TENNIS WIN?

    WE CAN TAKE #$100 BILLION TO SQUANDER ON FURLOUGH FOR FTs but we kpkb about whether Schooling was paid by State?

    I pui those stuoid buggers.Pui! Pui! Pui!

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  • zoro:

    If you eat no poison of failure, why did you consumed and capitalized on the fruit of success.

    You are at Olympic, for self, family, state, or your pet?
    Blue or the Red pill, choose.

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  • #08-193 Lei Sor Hai:

    Maybe those people bet money on him.

    Don’t think schooling owe it to anyone to win.

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  • Delta Ong YK:

    @Jenny Soon
    How do you know Joe Schooling went about fooling with women and fast cars?
    Or,are you lying?
    But if what you say is true,Joe is to blame for his poor turn out.
    He deserves to be punished for his decadence.

    On the other hand,the govt ought to jaga our olympians.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Go Joe Go n not b a Goh who warm a seat as a PM, b TRUE to yourself n NO one else but God you owe it to Him n your parents for trusting in God

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  • There are currently few, if any, support for professional athletes, so cannot expect them to excel.

    This party is about collecting more money, can’t blame.

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  • Harder Truths:

    $G locals will always worship FT and insult locals. My best wishes to Joseph and family. There is no loyalty in this tiny red dot, so don’t bother looking for it or being hurt that you are being abused.

    Look to your healing and ignore the masses. They are being replaced by FT anyway.

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  • Smart Nation:

    For a country that takes pride in and aspires always to be NO.1 in the world, the Minister in charge of sports should explain to disappointed Singaporeans the overall poor performance of SG athletes at the Tokyo Olympics. A good place to start would be the Sports Council. If our poorer, less developed neighbors can produce gold, silver and bronze medalists, so can SG but not by inducting foreign athletes into the country as citizens. Make Singapore proud again with our local talents, not foreign talents!

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  • Pinky is useless anyway:

    Actually I did research into those accounts who criticised him and found almost are fake accounts or IBs. They are sponsored by you know….

    Then MSM and Mdm Harimau jumped on the bandwagon….. you surprised???

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  • Zhenzidan:

    That particular statement:
    Victory has a thousand fathers, defeat is an orphan.

    hahahaha….who are the “thousand fathers” hah? Those people who wants to have everything to do with his gold medal feat and sometimes acting like his father, who ah?

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  • Strange:

    Strange that jenny knew so much of schooling personal diary. Strange that she should ask about the cause? Coincidentally nus is fast on the same track. Has it got anything to do with the mentality of leaking in the viet damsel to see her boy friend?kind of new movement with the FGPAPists not 1st tier as the chieftain lamented he can no longer fool the first tier sinkies on his death bed! Sad n pity don’t you feel for the old man?

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  • Again I say, there is no place in Sinkieland for anyone to excel in sports because the PAPies are not keen to support them.

    If schooling wants to continue swimming among the world’s best, he has to make a decision to migrate to the US of A, where there are special dedicated programs to help him excel.

    As for Sinkieland, I would simply just forget about it because his swimming career is as good as history if he returns.

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