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My Journey Back to the SEA Games: A Note of Thanks and Reflection

My 2023 SEA Games Training Squad!

Dear friends, family, and supporters,

I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. As I prepare to represent Singapore once again at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who have supported me throughout my journey.

Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to achieve numerous accomplishments in academics and sports, making me arguably the most successful distance runner in Singapore's history in terms of medals and national records. I recognise that my confidence may have come across as arrogance at times, and for that, I sincerely apologise. I have learned and grown from these experiences and will continue to work hard to unite all Singaporeans through my performances on the track and road.

As I return to the SEA Games after a 6-year hiatus, I am both excited and humbled to be competing in the 5,000m and 10,000m events. While my heart yearns for the marathon, I am determined to give my all and fight hard for the win in every race I do. In my opinion, the best I can hope for in these games is a bronze medal based on the talents of my respected opponents, but rest assured, I will push myself to the very limit for the pride of our nation.

My ultimate goal is to make a triumphant return to the SEA Games Marathon in Bangkok, Thailand in 2025, where I will have the honour of performing in my girlfriend's home city in front of her loved ones. This is a goal that I hold close to my heart and will strive towards with unwavering determination. Competing in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the SEA Games in Cambodia over the next few days are an important stepping stone for me back into the SEA Games competition.

As I focus on the upcoming races, I have decided to uninstall social media from my phone upon my arrival in Cambodia. This will allow me to fully concentrate on my mental and physical preparation for the games. I apologise in advance for not being able to see or respond to your messages during this period. Your support means the world to me, and I will carry your love and encouragement with me as I compete.

Before I sign off, I would like to extend a special thanks to my Singapore coach, Steven Quek. His guidance and dedication have been invaluable in my journey. I am also incredibly grateful to my three main training partners, Melvin, Darren, and Chong Qi, who have supported me through an intense and fruitful 6-week crash course to get me into fighting shape for Cambodia. To the young guns Jonathan, Aeron, Philston, and Cayden, your help has not gone unnoticed. I truly appreciate your assistance and hope to see you representing Singapore at the SEA Games one day as well.

Once again, thank you all for your unwavering support. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to represent Singapore and make you all proud. Let us come together and celebrate the strength and resilience of our nation through sports.

With immense gratitude,

Soh Rui Yong

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