Jun Hoong gets green light to train after self-isolation


Superb showing: Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong (left) and Cheong Jun Hoong en route to the silver medal in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

PETALING JAYA: It’s back to training mode after a scare for Tokyo Olympics hopeful Cheong Jun Hoong.

The diver returned to the pool at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday after self-isolating for almost 10 days.

The 30-year-old from Perak went into quarantine at the National Sports Council’s Kampung Pandan training facility in Kuala Lumpur after coming into close contact with a wushu athlete who had tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month.

Jun Hoong went through several rounds of testing before she was declared negative.

Her coach Yang Zhuliang said his charge will undergo basic training for now.

“She started training this afternoon. We’ll just start off with the basic drills as she has not trained for almost two weeks, ” said Zhuliang yesterday.

“Jun Hoong had to be quarantined as she was with the affected athlete in the same car.

“I’m glad she was given the green light to continue training as we can’t afford to lose more time.”

Jun Hoong, who underwent a knee surgery in 2018, was hoping to make a comeback in April last year to secure an Olympics spot at the World Cup in Tokyo.

She even went to China to train under Zhuliang but the Covid-19 pandemic turned everything upside down.

Zhuliang then followed her back to Malaysia and has been guiding her under the Road to Tokyo training camp in Bukit Jalil.

Jun Hoong bagged an Olympic silver medal with Pandelela Rinong in the 10m platform synchro in Rio de Janeiro five years ago but is likely to focus on the individual event this time.

Pandelela has already qualified for Tokyo along with Leong Mun Yee, Wendy Ng Yan Yee and Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

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