KUALA LUMPUR: Bryan Nickson Lomas may be one of the most experienced divers in the national senior team but he may find himself in cold storage unless he bucks up.
The 19-year-old has not been listed in the squad for the seniors’ first assignment at the FINA World Diving Grand Prix in Shenzen, China, from Feb 13-15.
It is the squad’s first tournament since the Beijing Olympic Games in August.
Bryan has been given one week to improve on the degree of difficulties in his routines in order to be considered for the China trip. Otherwise, he will stay home.
Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) secretary Edwin Chong said they were taking stringent measures to keep the senior divers on their toes in a bid to have continuous progress in the elite team.
And a diver faces the risk of being dropped from the programme if he or she misses two tournaments in a row.
Edwin said that Bryan had been warned of the new ruling a few months back.
“All the senior divers were informed that they will not be sent for international tournaments this year if they do not incorporate higher degrees of difficulties in their routines,” said Edwin.
“There has not been any new dive from Bryan after the Beijing Olympics. We will not send him for the Grand Prix in China if he does not show any sign of progress by next week.
“There is no point for the senior divers to sit idle in the national team without any desire to improve on their level of difficulties.”
Bryan has made a name for himself since becoming the first Malaysian gold medallist at the World Junior Championships in 2004, when he won the boys’ Group B 3m springboard event.
At the next edition in 2006, he took bronze in the Group A 10m platform competition.
He also made his Olympic debut at the 2004 Athens Games, where he came close to making the semi-finals by finishing in 19th place.
Bryan is now training under coach Lan Wei of China.
China’s Yang Zhuliang, who was the person behind the Bryan’s rise as a world class diver, will rejoin the national team at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, the other senior divers who have been given the green light for the China assignment are Pandelela Rinong, Elizabeth Jimie, Leong Mun Yee, Gracie Junita, Yeoh Ken Nee and Rossharisham Roslan.
Edwin said the China stint would be a good platform to gauge the seniors’ standard.
“This is their first tournament after many months. Their results there will give us an indication on where they stand and how they have coped in training so far,” said Edwin.