Ashley Liew receives the Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Trophy
Ashley (centre) with SNOC President Mr Tan Chuan-Jin (left) and former Singapore Athletics' President Mr Tang Weng Fei (right)
Singapore, 16 September 2016 – Mr Ashley Liew (29), Singapore’s representative in the Men’s Marathon event at the 28th SEA Games, has been awarded the Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Trophy in the category of “Act of Fair Play” by the International Committee for Fairplay, the international organisation which recognises acts of fair play by sportspeople or teams. He is the first Singaporean to be recognised for this award.
The 2015 World Fair Play Awards Ceremony will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 15 October 2016. Ashley will be travelling to Budapest from the USA where he is currently based to receive his trophy.
In the early morning on 7 June 2015 during the 28th SEA Games in Singapore, the lead pack of runners missed a U-turn in the dark, about 5.5 kilometres into the men’s marathon race and Ashley found himself in the lead.
Instead of taking advantage of his competitors’ error and gaining on his new lead, Ashley gave up his fair and just lead of 50 metres by slowing down and waiting for the lead pack of runners to catch up. With his act of sportsmanship, Ashley effectively reduced his own chances of obtaining a medal position, which was within grasp. The recorded personal best timings of the runners showed that Ashley had a reasonable shot at attaining a podium finish, especially since the race was on home ground.
He was recognised by the Singapore National Olympic Council for his exemplary act with a special award of sportsmanship at the Singapore Sports Awards in June this year.
Said Ashley, “I am immensely humbled that the Singapore National Olympic Council has nominated me for the Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Trophy. I was shocked to hear that I have received the award from the International Fair Play Committee. To follow in the footsteps of Olympians such as Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (NZL), who have displayed exemplary sportsmanship, is truly humbling.”
Said Mr Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the Singapore National Olympic Council, “We congratulate Ashley on receiving the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Trophy and for being the first Singaporean to be recognised by the Committee. This recognition from the International Committee for Fairplay has demonstrated that Ashley’s honest act of sportsmanship has indeed struck a chord with not only Singaporeans but also with like-minded individuals internationally. We hope values and acts of sportsmanship will continue to thrive in our community.”