Stay on board, Amsyar

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian diving fraternity will no longer see elite male diver Ahmad Amsyar Azman (pic) in competition any more. The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympian from Perlis has decided to call it a day.

Amsyar, the 2014 Asian Games silver medallist and 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games double gold medallist, submitted his resignation letter to the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) recently.

However, Asum hope Amsyar will not just step away from the scene but contribute in a coaching capacity.

The 27-year-old diver, who has been involved in diving for more than a decade, has not been training with the national team in Bukit Jalil for some time and it is believed he even sought treatment for depression.

Amsyar’s last major assignments with the national team was the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the Asian Games in Jakarta last year.

Asum secretary Mae Chen said a joint decision was made with the National Sports Council (NSC) last month not to renew Amsyar’s contract under the national elite squad.

“It was the best decision due to his medical condition as he has not been training for a while. But we do not want to see his experience go to waste.

“We hope he can consider returning in another capacity to give back to the sport. He can serve as a junior coach but first he needs to finish his university studies. He deferred his studies in the past due to the assignments with the national team and needs to get enough credits to finish his course,” said Mae.

Amsyar’s departure leaves Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yiwei as the most senior male members in the diving team.

Amsyar partnered Tze Liang to win silver in the men’s 3m springboard synchronised event at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

He bagged four gold medals at the SEA Games stage from 2013 to 2017.
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