Athletes raring to make a splash


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 01 Jul 2020

Sukma athletes practising social distancing by swimming in their respective lanes at the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre in Bayan Lepas, Penang. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

PENANG swimming team athletes representing the state for the Malaysian Games (Sukma) finally resumed their training after a three-month hiatus.

The 25 Sukma swimmers resumed their training on Thursday and have been strictly adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) provided by the Federal Government.

State youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said in the past three months, the swimmers had only undergone physical training at home.

“Besides undergoing physical training, as swimmers, they will have to train in water to boost their stamina and confidence.

Soon (in purple) sharing a light moment with Sukma swimmers as they resume their training after a three-month hiatus.Soon (in purple) sharing a light moment with Sukma swimmers as they resume their training after a three-month hiatus.

“Before the movement control order (MCO), the athletes trained for at least two hours a day, ” he said during a visit to the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre on Thursday.

Beginning July 1 today, the public is allowed to swim in private and public swimming pools as long as overcrowding could be controlled.

“The swimmers will have to swim from one end of the pool to another in a lane and come back in the next lane. Swimmers will have to swim in only one direction in every lane. They have to practise social distancing and not swim too close to each other.

Among the guidelines for water sports activities is that all public and private pools are allowed to operate only until 9pm.

Nur Tasha Affilia Mohd Arif, 20, showing a test kit to check the water quality  at the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre.Nur Tasha Affilia Mohd Arif, 20, showing a test kit to check the water quality at the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre.

“Individuals who are not involved, such as the swimmers’ parents, are not allowed to enter the premises.

“There should be no physical contact when conveying information. Facilities such as sauna and Jacuzzi are not permitted, among others, ” Soon added.

Meanwhile, Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre general manager Ferdinand Sibert said they would update their Facebook page and website from time to time on the athletes’ training timetable.

“We might have to require the public to make reservations before coming depending on the response of the people on July 1.

Coach Choo Wei Xiang, 32, (right) taking the temperature of swimmers before their training session.Coach Choo Wei Xiang, 32, (right) taking the temperature of swimmers before their training session.

“We have to be cautious and adhere to the guidelines accordingly.

“If the response is overwhelming, we have no choice but to set a time limit for the public, ” he said.

Also present were state Sports Council director Harry Chai Heng Hua, Wahoo Swim School director Thomas Lee and Penang Amateur Swimming Association honorary secretary Lim Yit Bin.

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