Viable for Mas to dive in online again

Whole new world: Leong Mun Yee (front) and Pandelela Rinong will be heading to the Diving World Series in March.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Swimming (Mas) are receptive to the idea of putting up another online diving competition early next year.

The Malaysia International Online Diving competition held early this month proved to be a success but Mas believe there is room for improvement.

The first-of-its-kind virtual diving meet featured divers from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Japan making the plunge from their respective training bases.

Judging was done through online streaming, thanks to good coordination between the different time zones.

Mas secretary Mae Chen said it is viable to organise another online diving competition depending on the Covid-19 situation.

“I’m happy that the event turned out to be quite a success.

“It’s a good thing that we made it happen.

“It felt a bit like a real competition even though it lacked the atmosphere, especially the crowd.

“But the divers enjoyed themselves and I think we also learned a lot from running this event.

“It’s possible we will do another one as we don’t foresee our divers going for competitions over the next few months.

“Ideally, we would like to be able to get our divers out there for competitions before they go for the Diving World Cup in April.

“We have the Diving World Series starting in March but that’s only for three of our women divers who qualified at this moment (Leong Mun Yee, Pandelela Rinong and Wendy Ng Yan Yee).

“If travel restrictions continue to prevent us from having physical competitions, then we’ll definitely have another online meet.

“It’s possible we will also include our back-up divers as well, ” she said.

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