Diving

Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 7:01:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 10:31:00 PM

A chill before the thrill

Pandalela Rinong and her diving team-mates will have to contend with some chilly conditions at the aquatic centre in Naypyitaw when the competition begins on Wednesday. - Filepic

Pandalela Rinong and her diving team-mates will have to contend with some chilly conditions at the aquatic centre in Naypyitaw when the competition begins on Wednesday. - Filepic

NAYPYITAW: The absence of hot water in the outdoor shower area is giving the divers the chills at the Wunna Theikdi Aquatic Centre in Naypyitaw.

The Malaysian divers arrived here two days ago and team manager Mae Chen said they have no choice but to adapt to the situation.

”The organisers overlooked this aspect and did not install hot water in the outdoor shower area, which will be used by the divers once they come out of the pool after each dive.

”The divers were complaining and shivering when they first got out of the water.

”It is chilly at this time of the year as Myanmar are experiencing their winter period.

”We have no choice but to adapt to the situation like everyone else,” she said.

Chilly water aside, the divers are in good spirits and looking forward to the competition which begins on Wednesday.

The Malaysian diving team are in Naypyitaw without Mohd Danial Sabri, who was left out after complaining of pain in his ear.

Danial had been slated to partner Ooi Tze Liang for the men’s 10m platform synchro. He will be replaced by Mohd Nazreen Abdullah.

”Danial complained of pain in his ear after returning from the training stint in China before we came here and he was withdrawn on medical advice.

”Nazreen now will dive in two events - the platfom individual and synchro,” she added.

The other male members of the squad are Muhd Amsyar Azman and Chew Yi Wei.

London Olympian bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong, the highest profile athlete of the Malaysian contingent, fronts the women’s team along with Leong Mun Yee, Wendy Ng Yan Yee, Cheong Jun Hoong, Loh Zhiayi and Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

Diving are targeting a possible clean sweep of the eight gold medals at stake in Naypyitaw.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, diving

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