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Olympic champion Joseph Schooling set to return home in 2019 to train for Tokyo 2020

SINGAPORE — Local swimming star Joseph Schooling is set to return to the Republic by January or February next year to train for the Olympic Games in 2020. In a video interview with swimming news organisation SwimSwam posted on YouTube on Wednesday (Nov 7), the 23-year-old said he is “excited to finish up school and go back home to start my training for Tokyo (2020)”. I am headed back to Singapore after this semester is over, not exactly sure when — it’s probably between January and February. Somewhere around that time (frame), said the Olympic champion who is currently studying at the University of Texas at Austin. He added: After school, I want to stay here for a couple of weeks, kind of get some good training in, say goodbye to the guys, and then I will be making my way home. Schooling also said that he will be training in Singapore “for the foreseeable future”. I am definitely not going to pursue a Masters (degree) right now, maybe after swimming. So if I am not going to school here, then I need to go back home and train. That s kind of how it happened,” he said. Schooling added that he will have to readjust back to life in Singapore, which “is pretty regimented” such that “every day, every hour is planned out” whether it is for training or other commitments that he has. “I have a schedule to follow. Over here, you know, you’ve got class, you’ve got practice. But you still have got a lot of free time. You have a lot of freedom to do a lot of different things. And so I have to adjust to living in Singapore again,” said Schooling, who spent three months back home in Singapore in the lead-up to the 2018 Asian Games, where he won two individual golds and two relay titles. In response to TODAY’s queries, Schooling said that coming back to Singapore to train was always an option. “I was back here for three months, training with Gary (Tan), Stephan (Widmer) and Sonya (Porter) for the Asian Games. The coaches now know what is required to bring me to the next level and the results speaks for itself.” He added: “The team knows what makes me tick and we work well together. I have full trust in the plans that will be put in place for me in the lead up to the World Championships and the 2020 Olympics.”

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