KUALA LUMPUR: Diver Khairul Safwan has chosen to concentrate on his preparations for the Doha Asian Games and he will not sit for the SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) in November.
The Form Five student of the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) student said yesterday that overseas training stints and competitions had kept him away from studies and he was definitely not well prepared to sit for the examinations.
“I also did not sit for the trial exams two weeks ago because I was training for the World Junior Championships (which ended at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil on Sunday),” said Khairul.
As part of his preparations for the World Juniors, Khairul went for six-week training stint in Kunming in June.
“I can sit for the exams next year. But skipping the Asians means that I have to wait for four more years for a chance to compete in the next one,” said Khairul, who is down to compete in the 1m and 3m springboard events in Doha.
“I will also be going for an eight-week stint in China at the end of September and I will only return at the end of November.''
Khairul, who had competed in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March, added that the stint in China was important for him following the disappointing outing in the World Juniors.
“I was hoping to win a medal after having done well in the 3m springboard event in the World Cup in China last month. Then, I was placed 13th, missing the final by just one place and by one point,” he said.
But in the World Juniors, he finished fifth in the event and was placed seventh in the 1m springboard competition.
In his bid to get among the medals in the 3m event, Khairul attempted a 3.0 degree difficulty in his fifth and final dive.
“The poor execution cost me a medal. I also failed to execute a higher degree difficult dive in the 1m springboard, which I learned in China,” he said.
“I need to return to China to master the 3.0 degree difficult dive and also build up my confidence for the Asian Games.
Khairul has set the target of finishing among the top five in both the 1m and 3m springboard events in Doha.
Besides Khairul, Malaysia will have five other divers for the Asian Games. They are Yeoh Ken Nee, Rossharisham Roslan, Bryan Nickson, Leong Mun Yee and Elizabeth Jimie.