Netizens feel President Halimah’s “awkwardness” during swim cheer has to do with her being surrounded by speedo-clad men during Ramadan

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Netizens have opined that President Halimah Yacob appeared “awkward” and “uneasy” as she was enveloped in a circle by national swimmers who treated her to a swim cheer, earlier this week. The President had been visiting Team Singapore athletes from swimming at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Tuesday as they were training for the Aug 18-Sept 2 Asian Games, when this happened:

Singapore swimming cheer

WATCH: Team Singapore's swimmers greeting President Halimah Yacob at the OCBC Aquatic Centre with a cheer. Madam Halimah was there at the @Singapore Sports Hub to offer her encouragement and support to athletes heading to the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 and Asian Para Games 2018.(Video: Nadarajan Rajendran)

Posted by TODAY Sports on Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Several social media users pointed out that the President appeared “awkward” during the cheer and postulated that she could have felt discomfitted since she was surrounded by speeco-clad men during Ramadan. These netizens urged the organisers of the visit to be more sensitive in the future:

Others opined that this is simply regular swim attire and that the President appeared amused, not uneasy:

Still others responded cheekily to the video and shared jokes about the situation:

One Facebook group, EMONIGHTSG, even created a rather hilarious remix of the video, setting the swim cheer to American rock song ‘The Downfall of Us All’ by A Day to Remember:

This town will be the downfall of us all

"THIS TOWN WILL BE THE DOWNFALL OF US ALL" – A Day To Remember

Posted by EMONIGHTSG on Wednesday, 6 June 2018