Sixteen-year-old Nazreen Abdullah, who shone with two gold medals at the Myanmar SEA Games last year, has quit the national team due to a nagging shoulder injury.
And the squad may now lose Mohd Danial Sabri too. He is currently out for an indefinite period due to an ear ailment. He is the brother of Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Nur Dhabitah Sabri.
Nazreen, of Kuala Lumpur, joined the elite squad early last year and made his presence felt when he beat experienced team-mate Ooi Tze Liang to win the 10m platform individual gold at the Myanmar SEA Games.
He capped SEA Games debut by partnering Tze Liang to the 10m platform synchro gold.
He also did well to claim two gold medals in the same events at the fifth Asian Diving Cup in Singapore last year and was named the National Sportsboy in the MSSM Sports Awards this year.
Nazreen was slated to compete in the qualifiers for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing in March but that was when his troubles began.
“He struggled with his (shoulder) condition after that. Nazreen has not trained for some time and left the squad recently,” said Amateur Swimming Union Malaysia assistant secretary Mae Chen.
“We do not have enough male divers in the team ... those present will have to juggle several events.”
Even that’s going to be quite a problem if Danial’s ear problem worsens.
“Danial has an ear problem and he has been given time to get it treated. He has been advised not to dive because it can get worse ... especially as he is a platform diver,” said Mae Chen.
Meanwhile, Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tze Liang, Chew Yiwei and Ahmad Amsyar left for Singapore yesterday to compete in World Diving Grand Prix leg this weekend along with seven other female divers.
The seven are Traisy Vivien Tukiet, Kam Ling Kar, Jasmine Lai, Cheong Jun Hoong, Wendy Ng, Loh Zhiayi and Dhabitah.
Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee are skipping the Singapore leg but will take part in the Malaysia leg at Bukit Jalil the following week.