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It’s time to train: (from left) Wendy Ng Yan Yee, Leong Mun Yee and Pandelela Rinong will skip the Australian Grand Prix and also the Malaysian Grand Prix to focus on their Olympic preparations.

PETALING JAYA: The season is over for Olympic-bound divers Pandelela Rinong, Leong Mun Yee and Wendy Ng Yan Yee. For the trio who are now training in China, it is all about training for the biggie in Tokyo from July 24-Aug 9.

The trio will skip the Australian Grand Prix this weekend in Gold Coast and also the Malaysian Grand Prix in Bukit Jalil next week as the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) want them to focus on their Olympic preparations.

Pandelela-Mun Yee made the cut for the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 10m platform synchro with their silver splash at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July.

Wendy also qualified for the Olympics as a top 12 finalist in the women’s 3m springboard individual at the biennial world meet.

“The divers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and we want them to concentrate on their preparations.

“The preparations are vital to our chances for results at the Olympics. We stand a good chance of a podium finish in the women’s 10m platform synchro.

“The divers are now training with coach Li Rui in Sichuan, China, and it’s best that we do not interrupt their training by having them compete in the FINA Diving Grand Prix meets.

“We will be represented in these meets by divers going for the SEA Games in the Philippines, ” said Asum secretary Mae Chen.

Only one Olympic-bound diver, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, will compete in the Australian GP. She is now training under Australian coach Christian Brooker in Kuala Lumpur. Nur Dhabitah joined Wendy in the 3m springboard individual event by winning at the Diving Asian Cup in Kuala Lumpur in September.

Also competing in Gold Coast are SEA Games-bound divers Jasmine Lai and Loh Zhiayi (for women); Chew Yiwei, Jellson Jabillin, Gabriel Gilbert Daim, Mohd Syafiq Puteh and Hanis Nazirul Jayasurya.

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