SINGAPORE – The dispute between nationwide marathoner Soh Rui Yong and former teammate Ashley Liew noticed the previous submitting his defence and counterclaim in opposition to Liew on Wednesday (Oct 9), alleging defamation and searching for $250,000 in “losses and damages”.
Soh, a two-time SEA Video games marathon champion, has been embroiled in a dispute with Liew since October final 12 months, when the previous, in a Fb submit, disputed Liew’s account of a contested act of sportsmanship that occurred through the 2015 SEA Video games marathon ultimate.
In April, Liew despatched a letter through his lawyer from That.Authorized LLC accusing Soh of wounding his skilled picture as a chiropractor and his status as a aggressive marathon runner together with his statements.
A month later, Liew’s lawyer despatched a second observe demanding that Soh pay $120,000 in financial damages to his consumer for defamation, take away all “false” public statements and subject a public apology.
A pre-trial convention between each events occurred on Sept 24, and Soh has since despatched a defence and counterclaim to Liew through his attorneys from Foxwood LLC.
In his counterclaim, Soh claimed that two statements on April 2 and 9 that Liew “revealed or prompted to be revealed” on RunOne’s web site had been “defamatory” and had “uncovered him to hatred, contempt and mock” and “prompted irreparable harm and/or damage” to his picture and status as an athlete. RunOne’s web site is run by Liew’s administration workforce at Oneathlete Crew.
Because of this, he’s searching for damages for libel, together with aggravated and/or exemplary damages to be assessed, prices, a public apology from Liew by chosen media, and for Liew to not “present a written endeavor to not publish or trigger to be revealed any additional statements that are and/or could also be defamatory”.
Soh’s authorized letter mentioned that whereas he had estimated his “loss and damages to be at $500,000”, he would restrict his declare in opposition to Liew to $250,000 because the lawsuit has already commenced within the District Courts.
Civil circumstances the place the declare exceeds $250,000 are heard within the Excessive Court docket.
Oneathlete Crew declined remark when contacted yesterday.
The spat between the 2 athletes started final 12 months after Soh took to social media to dispute Liew’s account of the marathon, during which the latter mentioned he had slowed down to permit different runners to catch up after they missed a U-turn and took the unsuitable path.
Liew was subsequently nominated for and received the Pierre de Coubertin World Honest Trophy in September 2016.