PETALING JAYA: The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) are keeping their fingers crossed to play host to the Malaysian leg of the World Diving Grand Prix before the year is over.
The diving meet was supposed to take place later this month but has now been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Malaysian leg would have attracted a very strong foreign participation if the Tokyo Olympics took place as scheduled in August this year but unfortunately, the Olympics have now been deferred to next year from July 23-Aug 8.
Asum secretary Mae Chen said they may organise the meet in November at the training centre in Bukit Jalil but it would depend on the worldwide situation.
“We will have a better picture of the situation in one or two months time, ” said Mae.
“We are looking at hosting our Malaysian event back-to-back with the Australian round.
“But if Australia or any of the other countries still do not lift the border restrictions, it will be hard to get foreign participation and we may request FINA to call it off.
“Our idea is to give the divers the chance to gauge their form after not competing for so long. Hopefully, things will improve soon, ” she said.
If the tournament gets the green light, Malaysia’s Tokyo-bound divers Pandelela Rinong, Leong Mun Yee, Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Wendy Ng Yan Yee will get a good warm-up before the new season begins next year.
Malaysia has been hosting a leg of the Diving Grand Prix circuit since 2015.