The 28th SEA Games marathon was held in Singapore, in 7 June 2016, Sunday, at 6am. After about 5.5km mark into the race, another fellow local runner by the name of Soh Rui Yong and a number of foreign athletes ran the wrong route, although they were briefed beforehand about the correct route. As Ashley came to find out that the runners going towards the wrong direction, he waited for these fellow runners patiently so that they could come back to the correct course so that the race could be run in a fair manner. Ashley had a 50m advantage but he allowed the fairness to take place, such that there was no advantage taken in the race. (It is also time that our race organisers could reflect on this and do corrective measure such that this does not take place again).
|Special Award given by Guest of Honour Mr Tan Chuan-Jin (left)|
I also watched the race as Ashley could have used the situation to his advantage and may have landed with a medal, with unfair advantage. Seeing this brave act of wanting fairness, Ashley thought about sportsmanship like behaviour first and not to win medals by using unfair advantage.
This action of sportsmanship made our own Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, to praise Ashley for his sportsmanship act in his SEA Games speech.
|Dr Kelvin, Mr Chris Chan & Myself (Left to Right)|
Dr Kelvin Ng and I were there at the Singapore Sports Award 2016 ceremony. On behalf of Ashley, as he was still in overseas, I went up on behalf of him to collect this award. What was so special about this award was that it was one of the two special awards given out and it was given towards the last part of the award, the grand finale for us. There is stringent criteria to attain this award. I had vegetarian dinner there at Swissotel Stamford, with Dr Kelvin, Ashley Liew's chiropractor. We left at 10 40pm.
|Certificate awarded to Ashley|