Nine footballers who broke curfew at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, have been fined by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).
In a report carried in the Straits Times, the SNOC confirmed that the players were informed of their punishment about two weeks after the disciplinary hearing met on 31 January.
The report did not state why the SNOC did not reveal the findings or make public the punishments which had been meted out.
According to the report, the SNOC said that “all nine athletes admitted that their actions were in breach of the code of conduct in the team membership agreement for the Games.”
“After considering the evidence presented and circumstances put forth, the SNOC disciplinary committee has decided to impose monetary fines of varying amounts on the nine respective athletes,” it added.
The fines for the players ranged between $1000 to $2000.
The players who were sanctioned were found to have visited the casino returning in the wee hours, and also to have left the hotel for supper after the curfew hours.
This is not the first time that athletes have been sanctioned for breaking curfew or for going against the Code of Conduct signed by athletes prior to the major games.
After the 2014 Asian Games in the Korea Republic, national swimmers Joseph Schooling, Teo Zhen Ren and Roanne Ho were handed letters of warning after they were found to have left the Athletes’ Village without permission.