NS deferment for Quah till after Tokyo Games

NEXT LAP IN TOKYO: Quah clocked personal bests when he qualified for the semi-finals of both the 100m and 200m fly at the Rio Olympics last month.


    Sep 23, 2016

    NS deferment for Quah till after Tokyo Games

    NATIONAL swimmer Quah Zheng Wen has been granted a second deferment on his national service (NS) obligations, until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    The 19-year-old was to have enlisted in July last year but he and teammate Joseph Schooling received a long-term NS deferment to prepare for the Rio Olympics.

    Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced this in a Facebook post yesterday.

    "I spoke to Zheng Wen and his father. I thanked them for their commitment to excellence, the many hours of training Zheng Wen has put in and many more needed for the next four years, for him to win in Tokyo 2020.

    "I wished Zheng Wen the very best in his training and his ambition to win glory for Singapore," Dr Ng said.

    In Rio, Quah clocked personal bests to make the semi-finals of both the 100m and 200m fly.

    His deferment expired at the end of last month, with Quah mulling over whether to apply for an extension even as Olympic gold medallist Schooling was granted a second deferment to get ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    In Parliament last Tuesday, Member of Parliament and former Singapore Table Tennis Association president Lee Bee Wah called for a clearer policy on NS deferment for male athletes.