PETALING JAYA: Malaysia are set to host their biggest diving event to date when the Diving World Grand Prix gets under way at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil.
Unfortunately, local diving ace Leong Mun Yee will not be in action.
The 29-year-old has had no choice but to give up on a rare chance of competing on home soil after failing to recover from her neck and back injuries.
Mun Yee, who last competed at the recent Incheon Asian Games where she won a bronze with Pandelela Rinong in the platform synchro, sustained the injuries days before last week’s Singapore GP.
“I hurt my neck and back during training about a week ago ... it’s not that serious but I don’t want to take any chances,” said the four-time Olympian.
“I was supposed to compete in Singapore as well, but the doctor told me it was better not to. I was advised to take a longer rest and recover.
“I’m a bit disappointed ... it’s not often that we have FINA-sanctioned events here. The last time we had a big event here was the World Junior Championships in 2006, which I wasn’t eligible to compete in.
“You always want to compete in front of your home fans, so it’s kind of frustrating. But there’s nothing I can do about it,” added Mun Yee, who is the only active member from the Jaya ’98 Commonwealth Games squad.
Malaysia have never hosted a major senior level FINA event.
The Malaysian GP, which is the final round of the eight-leg circuit, is the last major assignment for the national divers.
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