KUALA LUMPUR: Trust diving to deliver another medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
That’s the promise made by Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim after he was returned unopposed as the president of the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) yesterday.
Diving is only one of three sports to have won medals for Malaysia in the Olympic Games besides badminton and track cycling.
Pandelela Rinong was the first to deliver a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics before she went on to win silver with Cheong Jun Hoong in the women’s 10m platform synchro in Rio 2016.
“It’s time for us to move forward and work together to ensure our athletes win medals again at next year’s Olympics,” said Shahidan, who has been the Asum president since 1996.
Shahidan admitted that the standards of diving and swimming have dropped drastically of late but assured that there were plans to arrest the decline.
“We’ve identified the problems and we will solve it,” added Shahidan, who did not elaborate on the “problems” when pressed for it.
Incumbent secretary Mae Chen fended off fierce competition from Andy Low of Negri Sembilan to retain the hot seat. She beat Andy 22-17.
President: Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim.
Deputy presidents: Oon Kee Seng, Datuk Nawawi Reduan.
Secretary: Mae Chen.
Assistant secretary: May Tan.
Treasurer: Goh Keng Chye.
Independent members: Andy Low, Sung Koh Kiong, Cynthia Chin.