Diver Wendy draws on art to stay calm in trying times

PETALING JAYA: It’s going to be a mentally challenging period for the national athletes even before they compete in the Tokyo Olympics in two months time.

With the National Sports Council (NSC) tightening the rules on daily training for athletes following the rise in Covid-19 cases, woman springboard diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee (pic) is bracing for the possibility of never getting to see her family before she goes to Tokyo in July.

The NSC have only allowed those under the Road to Tokyo and SEA Games programmes to remain in Bukit Jalil as the country copes with tougher social restrictions to contain the worsening Covid-19 situation.

Wendy, along with the other members of the national diving team who took part in the Diving World Cup in Tokyo, have finished their 14-day compulsory quarantine on Friday but it was straight to Bukit Jalil where the divers will continue to train under the quarantine system leading to the Olympics.

“With many Covid-19 cases around, we are not allowed to go out from Bukit Jalil, ” said Wendy.

“Last time when they had the quarantine training, we could go back to our family once a month.

“I did go back to see my family before going to the World Cup.

“But I don’t think this is possible now although I hope to see my parents, who stay in Kuala Lumpur, at least once before I leave for the Olympics.

“I understand NSC are trying their best to protect us from getting sick, so it’s for us to manage the situation calmly, ” said Wendy, who will be making her third straight Olympics appearance in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old, a finalist in the 3m springboard individual at the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, kept herself occupied by taking up drawing.

She took about five days to finish up her watercolour portrait of a diver in action.

“It’s something I’ve not done for a long time. Just something to clear my mind.

“During the two weeks’ stay in hotel, we could not even step out of the room to get a feel of the sunshine. But that’s our life, ” she joked.

Wendy will only be competing in the 3m springboard individual competition together with Nur Dhabitah Sabri in Tokyo as both failed to earn a slot for Malaysia in the synchro event at the World Cup.

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