Jun Hoong takes extra care ahead of longer route to Tokyo


  • Diving
  • Friday, 27 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: With age fast catching up, Cheong Jun Hoong’s (pic) approach now is to take extra care of her body and be in the right frame of mind as she negotiates a longer route to the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee and the Japan Olympic Organising Committee on Tuesday announced that the Tokyo Olympics will be put off by a year from its original dates of July 24-Aug 9.

The organisers made the grim decision following mounting pressure from many countries to delay the Games due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2017 platform world champion diver, who like everyone else is currently at home due to the movement control order, has mixed feelings on hearing the news.

“The Games is something we worked hard for but this is the right decision considering the circumstances. I think it’s good to keep everyone safe.

“No matter what, I have to take it positively.

“There is nothing much we can do as it’s a global situation. We have to hang in there. We are also not sure when the qualification tournament will be held, ” said Jun Hoong, who is still serving a two-week quarantine order after returning from China.

With Jun Hoong approaching 30 next year, taking care of herself physically and mentally will be her main challenge but the longer break will do her good after returning from a long layoff.

The Rio Olympics silver medallist last competed in a competition two years ago before going under the knife to salvage her damaged knees.

In November, she headed to China to train under former national coach Yang Zhuliang to prepare for the Diving World Cup in Tokyo.

The meet is slated in April and it is the stage for Jun Hoong to nail an Olympic spot in the individual 10m platform.

But it has been postponed indefinitely because of the pandemic.

To date, four Malaysian divers have qualified for the Olympics. They are Pandelela Rinong, Leong Mun Yee, Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Wendy Ng Yan Yee.

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