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Earlier this year, the admission by three national swimmers - Commonwealth Games silver medallist Teong Tzen Wei, Olympic champion Joseph Schooling and Amanda Lim - that they had consumed controlled drugs, in particular, cannabis, while abroad, sent shockwaves through the sporting community in Singapore. Mr Schooling was fined $10,000 following investigations by a disciplinary committee. The Singapore National Olympic Council also fined Ms Lim $2,800 and Mr Teong $3,200 for breaching the council’s code of conduct.
Here to make sense of the case, what the law says about it, and what it means for Singapore as countries around the region loosen up rules on drug consumption, is Associate Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University Eugene Tan.
Highlights (click/tap above):
1:30 What does the law say about drug consumption in Singapore and overseas?
4:00 Why SportSG took reference from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) even though WADA’s rules are different from Singapore law
7:50 How different countries’ and international agencies’ approaches to “recreational” vs “hard” drugs have evolved
12:45 Younger Singaporeans are more accepting of drug consumption. Should Singapore take a softer stand on drugs, or is this a slippery slope?
19:05 The need for a multi-pronged approach, from legislation to public education and harm prevention
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