PETALING JAYA: The national divers’ preparation for the World Championships in China has been hampered by a visa delay.
The 15-member elite squad were supposed to leave for China on a 50-day training stint last Thursday but the trip has been delayed by two weeks.
The National Sports Council (NSC) were unable to get the visa processed on time as the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) were late in submitting the necessary documents.
National diving head coach Yang Zhuliang is not a happy man.
“I’ve drafted a training plan for 50 days and we were supposed to leave on Jan 15,” said a disappointed Zhuliang.
“But I don’t know for what reason, we’re still here and being made to wait for the green light. Until today, we’re still unsure of the exact date we will leave.
“Any delay is certainly no good for team preparations, but what can we do? Now, I will have to make some adjustments to our plans.”
One of Zhuliang’s plans for the China stint was to work with top divers like Pandelela Rinong and Ooi Tze Liang and to increase their degree of difficulty (DD) in their respective routines.
This was to help them mount a stronger challenge in the world meet in Kazan in July, which is the first platform for Rio de Janeiro Olympics qualification.
Zhuliang has always stressed the importance of having longer training camps in China because he feels that’s where his charges could hone their skills via quality training sessions as the facilities are much better.
China has been a favoured training destination, with the team making no less than three trips there annually.
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