PETALING JAYA: The national divers will go back to China for training.
With the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil closing soon for refurbishment works, the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) have decided to send the divers to Guangzhou at the end of this month.
“The divers have to continue their training although the year is coming to an end,” said Asum secretary Mae Chen.
“Training must not be interrupted as we have to get them ready for the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after the Chinese New Year (Feb 19-24).
“The World Cup is important as it is last meet to decide the Olympic quota spots.
“The divers will continue to train in China until the opening round of the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Rostock, Germany, from Jan 29-31,” added Mae.
The female divers preparing for the World Cup are London Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong, Leong Mun Yee, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Cheong Jun Hoong, Wendy Ng Yan Yee and Loh Zhiayi.
The male divers are Ahmad Amsyar Azman, Chew Yiwei, Muhd Syafiq Puteh and Ooi Tze Liang.
To date, Malaysia have earned five out of the eight quota for individual spots for the Olympics.
The quota spots came from Tze Liang (3m springboard and 10m platform), Wendy (3m springboard), Dhabitah (10m platfom) and Pandelela (10m platform).
Besides trying to secure the remaining three individual spots, Malaysia will also be hoping to win one of the four spots at stake in the four synchro events (men’s and women’s 3m springboard and 10m platform).