Diver Yiwei’s bored – and missing the board

PETALING JAYA: National diver Chew Yiwei is having sleepless nights now that the movement control order (MCO) has been extended to the end of the month.

The 24-year-old springboard diver fears his chances of realising his Olympic dream will be dented if he is unable to return to the pool soon.

“Honestly, it is worrying for us as we have lost touch of the board and water for six weeks and we are not sure if it’s going to be longer than that.

“I definitely will have to start from scratch when we eventually return to training at Bukit Jalil.

“Some nights I can’t sleep when I think I can’t train to get ready for the Olympics,” said Yiwei, the only diver in the elite squad yet to compete at the Olympics.

“I have yet to qualify and it’s not easier when you will be a year older,” said the Indonesia Asian Games bronze medallist in the men’s 3m springboard individual.

Despite the one-year postponement of the Olympics, Yiwei is not about to give up easily on his dream.

“Considering the lack of resources, I am coping well with no pool training. Coach (Christian Brooker) does give good guidance but without tools like weights, our best efforts are limited.

“All I can say is I remain hopeful of achieving my Olympic dream,” said Yiwei, who just missed out on making his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 when he finished 29th in the men’s 3m springboard individual at the Diving World Cup in Wuhan that same year. The top 20 made the cut.

The Diving World Cup, which was to have been held in Tokyo from April 21-26, was the last qualifier for the Olympics but has been postponed indefinitely because of Covid-19.

Yiwei is also competing in the men’s 3m springboard synchro with Ooi Tze Liang where they are hopeful of beating the odds to make the cut for the Olympics.

The duo will have to aim for a top seven or eight finish to secure one of four spots at stake in the synchro while the top 18 target to make the cut in the individual event.

In Rio, Malaysia were represented by Ahmad Amsyar Azman and Tze Liang in the men’s department.

Malaysia had more woman divers in Rio with Cheong Jun Hoong, Pandelela Rinong, Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Wendy Ng Yan Yee making the cut.

Pandelela-Jun Hoong made a big splash with silver in the women’s 10m platform synchro final.
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