KUALA LUMPUR: It's back to the books for Busan Asian Games diving bronze medallist Yeoh Ken Nee.
After picking up two bronze medals in the Asiad last October, Ken Nee will be reducing his involvement in the the sport and will skip the first two assignments for the national divers this year – the FINA Diving Grand Prix legs in Adelaide (Feb 14-16) and Zhuhai (Feb 21-23).
With Ken Nee out of the picture, the Malaysian challenge will be carried by four divers – Leong Mun Yee, Rossharisham Roslan, Low Lap Bun and Noraznizal Najib.
The 19-year-old Ken Nee was among the 17 divers named last week for the 2006 training programme but the Amateur Swim-ming Union of Malaysia (Asum) have decided to give him the green light to attend shorter training sessions.
Asum secretary Edwin Chong said that Ken Nee, who is pursuing a degree course at the Help Institute in Kuala Lumpur, had informed then that he was finding difficulties to cope with full-time training and his studies.
“He had to skip one semester of his course last year because of his involvement in the Asian Games. He has to catch up seven months of studies,” said Edwin.
“After discussions with the National Sports Council and Ken Nee, we agreed to reduce the hours of training for him. Instead of two sessions daily (Monday to Thursday), Ken Nee will train for only one session. He will follow the normal sessions on weekends. His priority is to gear up for the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar.”
Edwin confirmed that Ken Nee would also have to miss the World Championships in Barcelona in July.
“The duration of the World Championships is about 10 days and it will clash with his studies.
“But we plan to send him to compete in the remaining legs of the world GP circuit,” he said.
The World Championships offer qualifying places for divers to compete in the 2004 Athens Olympics. But Edwin said there was still hope for Ken Nee to make the cut because he would compete in the World Cup, which will also be held in Athens in 2004.
The top 12 finishers in the World Championships get places to the Olympics. Another 22 slots will be available in the 2004 World Cup.