KUALA LUMPUR: The country's top divers will have to wait a little longer to realise their hopes of participating in their first ever FINA Diving Grand Prix competition.
National diving coach Yang Zhuliang has decided not to recommend sending the divers for the first leg of the Grand Prix, which will be held in Adelaide this weekend, as he is not satisfied with their physical condition.
The divers will instead stay back and prepare for the second leg of the Grand Prix circuit in Zhuhai from Feb 21-23.
“I feel the divers are not ready for competition yet as they have just come back from the Chinese New Year break. Besides, there have been many public holidays in the past two months and these have interrupted our training,” Zhuliang said.
“They need more time to prepare themselves to reach a high level of competitiveness for top level meets like these.
“It is better for them to go for the second leg in China as they'll have more time to execute the routines properly.”
The quartet who were chosen earlier were Asian Games bronze medallists Leong Mun Yee, Rossharisham Roslan, Noraznizal Najib and Low Lap Bun.
The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum), with support from the National Sports Council (NSC), had planned to send the divers for the World Diving Grand Prix circuit for the first time this year as part of their preparation under the 2006 programme for the Asian Games.
The programme preparing the divers for the Vietnam SEA Games and getting them ready for the Olympic qualifying process, which begins this year.
The Diving Grand Prix competition is where the divers will have to achieve the qualifying entry standards first before bidding to secure a place in the Olympics through two specified qualifying meets – the World Championships in Seville in June and the World Cup in Athens next year.