The love-hate relationship between Malaysia and Singapore gets more heated as the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games is fast approaching.
With only 10 days left for the big day, Singapore’s Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling has expressed plans to “teach Malaysia a lesson” during the swimming events.
Schooling, who outclassed world champion Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly event at the 2017 Rio Olympics, also won nine gold medals at the 2015 SEA Games.
The 22-year-old thinks Singapore has a solid group of swimmers and that they have what it takes to sweep the medals at the SEA Games.
“We have a chance to do something special at the Sea Games. The 2015 (Sea Games) was something special for us. I think it will be nice to go to Malaysia’s backyard and teach them a thing or two,” Joseph Schooling told Channel News Asia upon arriving in Singapore after the 2017 FINA World Championship in Hungary.
Joseph Schooling, who had to succumb to third place in the 100m butterfly event in Hungary, aims to make up for the disappointment by bagging as many gold medals as possible in Malaysia during the 2017 KL SEA Games.
“I want to win all my events and do the best I can for Singapore. We’ve always had a great swimming tradition for the SEA Games and we have a young and solid group going.”
“It will be a lot of fun,” he added.
The Aquatics-Swimming events will take place at the National Aquatic Centre, KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil from 21st until 26th August 2017. Tickets for 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th are already sold out.