2016 Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling may not have had the NCAA Championships for which he was hoping individually, finishing 2nd to Caeleb Dressel in the 100 fly and missing out on the 200 fly final, but his home nation still considers him their sporting hero. After racing his way to the top of the podium in Rio ahead of American icon Michael Phelps, Schooling continues to be treated as a king in Singapore, complete with parades, meet-and-greets and a huge gold medal bonus to boot.
Next on Schooling’s schedule is to return to his home nation in May to be a member of mixed martial arts (MMA) star Angela Lee’s walkout team during her next big competition. Lee, who represents the youngest world champion in MMA history, has selected Schooling to be a member of her entourage set to enter the stadium at the One: Dynasty of Heroes championship fight at Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26th. The fight is a 5-round bout set against Brazil’s Istela Nunes.
Says Lee of having Schooling on board, “I am very happy to be including Joseph Schooling in my walkout as I defend my world title for the second time, this time right here in Singapore.
“I can’t wait to hear the roar of the crowd as their two champions walk out to the cage, one holding the One Championship belt and the other with the Singapore national flag.” (The Strait Times)
For Schooling’s part, the 21-year-old is eagerly awaiting the adventure, after having to pass on a previous invitation back in November due to University of Texas obligations.
“This time around, I definitely do not want to miss the chance to walk alongside Angela Lee, as she defends her title against Istela Nunes. I am looking forward to the event – it will definitely be spectacular,” says Schooling. (The Strait Times)